The Columbia Chamber of Commerce endorsed the Columbia Public Schools ballot Question, a no-tax rate increase, $30 million bond proposal. The question is on the Tuesday, April 3 Special Election ballot called for by the Columbia Board of Education. The funds generated by the Question will be used for constructing new schools in Columbia, as well as renovating and expanding existing buildings.
“Approval of the Question is needed to maintain and improve Columbia’s schools,” Columbia Chamber President Matt McCormick said. “As Columbia continues to grow, we need buildings that can adequately support our students. Investing in our school system is an investment in Columbia’s future workforce.”
Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Stiepleman was pleased to receive the endorsement of the Chamber.
“I’m grateful the Columbia business community is supporting our efforts to improve district facilities and address continued growth. Columbia Public Schools values the many relationships and connections that have been formed with our local business community and is grateful for the support of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce,” Dr. Stiepleman said.
The money generated will provide $30 million to Columbia Public Schools that may only be used for new construction, renovation of existing facilities, the purchase of new equipment, and for what is specifically asked for in the ballot language. Since the proposal will not raise taxes, it will provide schools with necessary funds without higher costs to Columbia businesses and residents. These improvements are essential for ensuring that Columbia’s students receive the highest standard of education possible.
The Chamber encourages Columbia voters to approve the ballot Question. Columbia Public Schools has consistently kept its promises when it comes to building new school buildings and renovating old schools. Passage of the Question will continue to develop Columbia into a thriving and growing city with a high-quality school system.
The Columbia Chamber of Commerce was established in 1905 and is a voluntary, member-supported organization of business, industrial and professional people who are dedicated to developing, promoting and maintaining a sound and healthy economic climate for Columbia. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is recognized as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the United States Chamber of Commerce.