LAMAR, MO.--- Amy Pittsenbearger says she didn't have to think twice about the proposed Lamar school bond issue.
"We voted yes. Just walking through the halls you can see it's so needed," states Amy Pittsenbeager.
The bond issue would have fixed structural issues, replaced air conditioning and heating units and removed asbestos flooring at the schools her 3 children attend.
"It's very disappointing because I know the word was out on how important it was," states Amy.
The 10 million dollar bond issue actually receive more "Yes" votes then "No" votes on November 6th, but didn't reach the four sevenths major needed to pass. It would have costs taxpayers about 10 cents more for every $100,000 in assessed property value.
"I figured it would be close based on the current economical situation not only in Lamar but globally," states Dr. Zach Harris, Assistant Superintendent.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Zach Harris says the school's best option now is to research the results.
"Step back, look at the current information we have, gather data on the yes votes and the no votes," states Dr. Harris.
Dr. Harris says there are several options the district could take.
"One would be to go ahead and look into running the same bond as far as numbers again in April," states Dr. Harris.
They could also look at a potential no tax increase.
"Extend our current debt service levy which would provide a portion of funds for the school district. It would not be at the level that we currently need," states Dr. Harris.
Or continue with the facility how it is now. Either way, it seems this topic of conversation won't be going away any time soon.
"Probably here on out, I think it will be a topic that needs to be addressed for our school district," states Dr. Harris.
"Do my part more to get the word out on how important it is," states Amy.
The school board will discuss the issue at next Thursday school board meeting. I spoke with some residents who voted against the bond issue. They said they already pay too much in taxes and didn't want to see more money taken out of their paychecks.