Lewiston High School bond campaign director says this is the year

Lewiston High School bond campaign director says this is the year
LEWISTON - It's been on the ballot before and coming up next month Lewiston residents will vote on a bond levy for construction of a new high school.

The $52 million proposed school facility bond would annually cost taxpayers $1.36 per $1,000 in home value. And in a tough economy, that has many concerned.

But Volunteer Campaign Director of YesLHS Chip Damato says 2010 is a good year for the bond.

"Everybody asks why now, with the economic situation," said Damato. "This is a really good year. For one, there's a lot of federal money available if we get the levy passed this year. I believe it's somewhere in the $7 million range that would be available to us. Also, interest rates are down and building costs are down right now. So it's a really good year to bring that up. If you look at Lewiston High School and take a cruise through there, you'll see that we're in desperate need."

The last school bond Lewiston passed was in 1960. Damato said students and the community simply need an updated facility.

"I'm not a latest and greatest," said Damato. "I don't believe that you need to have a gold-plated deal. But we need something that at least brings it to a level where there's space and adequate facilities for new services."

Damato said he knows people have concerns. The last time the issue was on the ballot he even voted against it.

But he wants people to be informed with the correct information.

"We're not saying you have to vote yes or anything like that," said Damato. "We want to get the information and educate people on what the issue's going to be coming up on the ballot."

YesLHS held a public meeting about the bond Tuesday night.