Impressive renderings of a new football stadium planned for next to Leeds High School sit proudly at the entrance of the high school as a teaser of what’s to come if voters approve a tax increase to pay for it.
Similar renderings can also be found in Leeds’ other schools, as a showcase of what could come to fruition with a yes vote for the tax increase.
A special called election is scheduled for Jan. 22 to approve construction of the stadium that would replace the 72-year-old stadium behind the new Leeds Middle School.
Leeds City School officials will host a Town Hall meeting on Jan. 15 to share more information about the stadium and other school improvements planned as part of the package. The time is to be determined.
The school’s portion of the tax increase includes the stadium and fields for baseball, soccer, track, softball and six lighted tennis courts and room for additional parking.
The rest of the increase will pay for a new municipal building that includes City Hall, a new library, a new Civic Center with indoor track, Leeds Board of Education offices and the Water Works Board.
The tax increase would be a total of 9 mills a year, with 5.7 mills going to the schools and the rest to the city. For a house worth $100,000, that comes out to be $90 a year or $7 a month.