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Jacksonville confident millage vote will pass

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Tuesday, the city of Jacksonville will face the final barrier in getting its brand new high school a millage vote.

The vote is for 7.6 mills, which would increase taxes $152 for every $100,000 in home value.

The district has about $80-million to fund. If it passes the mill will cover upwards of $45-million of that. If not, however, they'll have no way of getting money.

“This has been decades in the making,” said Jacksonville North Pulaski School Board President Daniel Grey. “We are looking to improve upon our schools and our facilities for our kids.”

There are two types of confident in this world. Self-assured confident and Daniel Grey confident.

“We're excited man,” he said. “Ready to set some records and see how much we can run it up.”

“Now, we're just going to knock it out of the park,” Grey said of the vote. “We're actually trying to see how or what kind of rate it will pass by.”

If history tells us anything, then the city of Jacksonville should be in pretty good standing come vote time on Tuesday. In September of 2014, the city voted overwhelmingly 95 percent to 5 percent to separate into a new school district. On Tuesday's vote, they're only going to need 51 percent. And while Grey thinks they're going to far exceed that, he better hope so, because if they don't get this vote there is no fallback plan for funding.

“This is a fiscally responsible plan,” Grey said. “We are leveraging the taxpayer's dollars, and we're going to make it go a long way.”

“We've had so many highs and lows in the last year,” said former state representative and Jacksonville resident Pat Bond. “For the whole town of Jacksonville, it is imperative that this passes.”

As a former state representative and current supporter, she's seen this project through for 37 years.

“We get really mad if somebody frowns when they pass by us [with our support signs],” she joked. “We're looking for a thumbs up.”

Now one vote in a town of 29,000 will dictate if that dream flourishes into a reality.

“Everybody's behind this, and it's going to pass,” Grey said.

More than 1,000 people have cast their early votes, which opened on Tuesday, February 2.

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