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Cuts Made to MHS Auditorium

Changes were made to the proposed auditorium at Marietta High School in order to keep costs within the $9 million budget.

The number of seats in the proposed Marietta High School auditorium was cut to 750 and a skylight and orchestra pit were removed from the plans, bringing the estimated cost of the project to $8.9 million, The Marietta Daily Journal reports.

In December, preliminary estimates showed auditorium coming in over budget .

How many seats do you think the auditorium at MHS needs? Should other changes be made to the plans?

' plan was to build a multipurpose auditorium at for an estimated $9 million. The to pay for the new auditorium.

The in a 2013 referendum, as the sales tax revenue will be used pay off the auditorium debt.

The bond will be placed on the presidential primary election ballot. If city voters approve the five-year bond, construction should be done sometime in 2013.

If the 2012 bond passes but SPLOST IV fails, owners of homes valued at $200,000 will face a tax increase of about $11 a year to pay off the bond, starting in 2015.

Rejecting the 2012 bond would delay the project until the 2013 SPLOST IV vote. A yes at that point would allow construction to begin in 2014; a no vote would shelf the project indefinitely.

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