Frenship School Tax Payers Ready to Vote - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/26/03

Frenship School Tax Payers Ready to Vote

New construction is popping up in Southwest Lubbock and also in Wolfforth. So much so that Frenship schools are running out of room for their students. So, the school needs two more schools. Opposition? Administrators seem to think the only people who won't vote yes for the bond election, are the older people in the community.

In the game of life, it's all about numbers. Particularly with money. Some gets taken away, some added back. But for this group of people, and at their age, it's more the subtracting game.

The four people we interviewed for this story are retired and live on fixed incomes. "All I know is that we pay way to much in taxes," said Juanita Harlow.

Surprisingly though, Harlow says she's willing to dip into her pocket even deeper. "I realize we have to have schools for our children. I don't have any here. I have two grandchildren in college," she said.

Connie Rendleman is a counter of numbers too. "I'm 83-years-old and I haven't had a child in school for 40 years. But I'm still voting for the bonds because my daughter is a school teacher," said Connie.

According to Frenship school administrators, they're already having a record turnout. 842 registered voters have voted early. The last bond the school had nine years ago there were only 313 early voters.

NewsChannel 11 asked Superintendent John Thomas why the sudden interest in this election. "We have a Community Citizen's committee who has been working on getting the information out. People know how the money will be spent. And they know it's for good school facilities for our children," said Thomas.

The current tax rate is $1.64. If the bond passes, Frenship school taxes will increase between four to five cents. That means if your home is worth $100,000, you'll be paying $42 a year.

Polls open up at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voting takes place at the Frenship Junior High School.

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