A community willing to say no to propositions that raise our school taxes by 21percent...willing to say no to a crippling debt of $36.2 million…and willing to say no to a 30-yr. debt that these children will be paying for in the future.
Here are some things you may want to consider when deciding how you are going to vote:
• According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the average new Texas high school costs $181/square foot. In Proposition 1, we are being asked to pay over $250/square foot for a new high school. Why so much? Couldn’t a perfectly good, functional school be built for much less than the proposed $30.6 million?
• Proposition 2, in part, deals with adding parking at the elementary school. From the first day the elementary opened, parking has been an issue. There was money left over from the construction of the elementary school. Why wasn’t this money used to alleviate the parking problem 10 years ago? Oh, yeah, it was used to build the field house.
(My proposed solution for elementary parking: mow the fields beside the school and paint lines on the grass. Problem solved.)
• Proposition 3 is for a new “multi-purpose facility.” Let’s just call it what it is…an indoor practice field. Is this a necessity? You be the judge.
We all want our children to have an opportunity for a great education, and they have this opportunity at GISD right now.
With the economy as unstable as it is, this is not the time for this bond. Can you and your family afford a 21 percent school tax increase? Can your neighbor?
Everyone at some point must ask themselves, “Is this a want or a need?” I urge each of us to stand up, vote “No”, and demand the school board ask itself the same question.