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Section A: General News


Letter: Vote no in Poth ISD bond election




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May 1, 2013 | 1,355 views | 2 comments

Editor:

Poth ISD is asking voters to pass a $3.9 million bond to build additional classrooms and do some repair on the high school. The bond is for 20 years at a little more than $300,000 a year in payments. The tax rate will go up about 10 cents, which will take it from $1.07 to $1.17 per $100. As of now we have the lowest tax rate in the county. The school district does not need a bond to do this work.

The board of trustees is saying that if it fails, they will have to go to portable buildings. This is not true. You can do everything without a bond.

I went to the Wilson County Appraisal Office and asked if I could get information on how much tax revenue comes from oil and gas. The school district received $1,017,624.05 in 2012. This is public information.

It is predicted that the school district could receive from $1.5 million to $2 million in 2013 and more in 2014.

If this bond election passes, it will give the school board a signed blank check to waste money on their pet projects. One of the projects is to Astroturf the football field and build a new stadium.

When you go to the poll on May 11, vote no.

DELBERT KELLER
Floresville

Editor’s note: Some school districts are facing the possibility of “full recapture” of property-tax revenues, due to rising surpluses related to surging land values. Where some districts were receiving education dollars from the state, they are now being asked to repay the state in the wake of sudden “wealth.” Not all oil and gas revenues directly benefit school districts.
 

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Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
May 6, 2013 12:49pm
 
Well maybe a new football and track venue is needed. The present location could be dangerous being so close to the Lyssy & Eckol plant. Explosions happen in those plants, not to mention the dust to be inhaled by the athlete's. ... More ›

 
Who cares?  
Poth  
May 1, 2013 1:22pm
 
Delbert, didn't you know that some of the money was given out in grants for teachers? Go back and find out how generous "Aunt Jackie" was to all those how got money. You will notice that not very much was spent ... More ›

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