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How much is too much for a new school? Cedar Falls parents speak out on $118 million bond issue

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - People in Cedar Falls could break ground on a new 90-million dollar high school if the school district gets its way.

However, replacing the current high school, which was built in the 1950s, comes with a price tag.

If people vote to approve the plans for the new high school, it'd mean an increase in property taxes.

That means the owner of a $100,000 home would have to fork over an extra $220 in property taxes, and people who own more expensive homes would have a higher increase.

Since the proposal came out, groups in favor and in opposition of the bond issue have formed.

On Wednesday, Judd Saul of Cedar Falls was one of dozens who attended a meeting against the school bond proposal.

He said he believed the tax burden was simply too high.

"I think people would feel more comfortable getting a tax hike in a better economy. Right now with the current economy the way it is, this is just something we don't need right now," he said.

"I think we should be teaching our kids to live with less than getting bells and whistles on a $118-million in new schools," he added.

Meanwhile, some parents in Cedar Falls believe the bond proposal would be an investment to address the current lack of space and overcrowding.

"To me it's an investment in the future, and I know that people sacrificed before me to provide these resources for my children, so it's my turn to do the same for the next generation," said Carol Lilly of Cedar Falls.

People will be able to vote on the city's first school bond issue since 1976 on September 9th.

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