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Poth trustees discuss bond election
POTH -- The Poth Independent School District is considering a bond election. To this end, the district’s board of trustees received information regarding various rates of interest and the amount the district can raise, presented during the board’s Dec. 13 meeting by Victor Quiroga of Southwest Securities.
The district has worked with the firm in the past, for its last bond election in 2001.
Quiroga detailed the steps the board must take to determine the amount and time span of the issuance, as well as how to repeat success by gaining the support of the public.
To give the board a better understanding of the long-term financial impact on the district, rates and annual costs were provided for amortization periods of 25 and 30 years.
According to Quiroga, for a bond issue of $3 million over 25 years, the interest and sinking tax rate would be 4.15 percent. The conservative estimate for the annual principal and interest for debt service was $195,000. For $256 million in property values in the district, the interest and sinking tax rate would be increased by 7.75 cents per $100 evaluation to meet the debt service rate.
He also provided numbers for a $3.5 million bond issue over 30 years. The interest rate would have to be 4.25 percent, Quiroga said, to meet an annual debt service payment of $209,000. This would cause the interest and sinking tax rate to increase 8.29 cents per $100 of property value.
“The term that you select is going to be dependent on how quickly you want to pay off the bond and also what the economic life of the thing that you are building or buying is going to be,” Quiroga said.
Daniel Perez, representing architecture firm SHW, offered the board advice regarding efficiency in the designation of funds for the additions to Poth High School.
SHW has worked on approximately 4,000 projects over the last 10 years and boasts a 30 percent greater chance of a successful bond election, compared to the state average, he said.
“We feel like we are experts at educational facilities,” Perez said.
He outlined that costs are broken down into “hard costs” -- general construction expenses -- and “soft costs” -- material tests during construction, surveys, and permit and inspection fees. Soft costs also encompass later additions, such as furniture.
While Perez estimated the costs at between $2.8 million and $3.2 million, these numbers remain preliminary. More definite numbers can be provided as the plans take shape.
Also regarding facilities, the board concluded its ongoing debate regarding the cracking track around the football field, approving a plan for repairs.
Doug Wilson of Beynon Sport Surfaces, a national rubber track and court supplier based in Baltimore, Md., outlined several options. Based on the damage to the track, the board opted for Wilson’s recommendation of the ESS 200 track at a cost to the district of $85,000.
This offers a standard track with an added impermeable surface to prevent dirt and moisture from penetrating. This was considered the ideal option because of its increased durability.
The track is expected to last approximately six years. According to Wilson, the process could begin in February and could take three to four weeks to be completed.
In other business, the board also approved a request to relinquish its share of the title to the Three Oaks Community Center after a presentation by Steve Raabe. This situation originally was caused by the school district consolidation process in Wilson County in the mid-1950s, when the Three Oaks country school was annexed by Poth ISD.
The Three Oaks community also has petitioned Wilson County for the same assistance.
Also during the meeting, the board withdrew into executive session to consider the resignation of board member Anthony Cantu. After reconvening in open session, the board accepted his resignation and approved seeking a new member to fill the vacancy.
***In attendance: board members Anthony Cantu, Leroy Garza, Darren Wiatrek, Bob Kilgore, Wesley West, and Wade Harris; Superintendent Scott Caloss.
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