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On November 4, Champaign residents will be asked to approve a $149 million bond referendum to build a new high school and to renovate Centennial High School. The Chamber has not taken a position on this referendum as of now. Any potential position will be guided by the membership of the Chamber. Leading up to the referendum, we are committed to providing our membership with as much information as possible, so that when we survey the membership, we have provided you with a solid foundation of information in order to give the Chamber your feedback on the issue. This is a complicated issue. On the one hand, it is a very expensive proposition. On the other hand, we are a community that truly values education. While most think of this as impacting your residential property taxes, it will impact commercial property owners in Champaign as well.

Superintendent Judy Wiegand is committed to answering the questions of concerned business owners and residents. We will host Dr. Wiegand for coffee on the morning of September 30 and we urge members to attend to get your questions answered. Please watch the public policy e-newsletter over the next few weeks as we try to answer questions regarding this referendum. This is a bigger issue then just a new facility for high school students. It is an economic development issue. We need to understand if and how a new and/or improved facility impacts learning. Does a facility help shape the quality of our future workforce? Are the quality of our facilities impacting decisions of potential companies seeking to relocate or stay in Champaign County? Or, is it a factor for our existing companies when trying to recruit top talent to Champaign County? If the answer to any of these questions is 'yes', then as a business community, we must decide, how much is that 'yes' answer worth?

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