Voters Speak Out On Whether Or Not They Support LISD Bond Package - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/23/04

Voters Speak Out On Whether Or Not They Support LISD Bond Package

On Tuesday, voters in the Lubbock School District will vote on a historic bond package. 8,211 people voted early for the $98.8 million bond package, the largest in LISD history. NewsChannel 11 broke down the package and asked voters whether or not they're supporting it.

"My kids are three and one right now but they will be in the district so that's what I'm looking forward to," says a parent of future LISD students who says he has a reason to vote 'yes' on the bond package.

But others aren't as convinced. "I've already voted no," says retired LISD teacher Keith Anderson. He explains that the all or nothing theme made him vote against the package. "I would have liked to have the chance to vote for some, against some," he says.

The bond is broken down into three categories:

  • $18.4 million for technology which will include new computers and educational tools.

But Bill Bouton says no to technology. "I think a computer at every desk is nonsense," he says. Christy Stephens, Coronado teacher, disagrees. "It's a need, there's still not enough computer labs for my class of 30."

  • $24.5 million for capital improvements for school roofs, parking lots, and air conditioning maintenance.
  • $55.8 million for facilities, which includes four high school expansions for the reconfiguration of ninth graders to high school and two new elementary schools.

"We closed several in East Lubbock so that's what I don't think is fair," comments a woman who says she isn't convinced the package should be passed.

The bond has received some big name support. "I'm a big Bobby Knight fan, I'd vote for it on account of Bobby Knight," says a woman who says she has seen the endorsement by The General.

But if this package is passed, what will it mean to you, the taxpayer? Using the average home value in LISD of $84,411, administrators say the monthly property tax increase will cost between $2.60 to $5.21 per month: an increase of about $65 a year.

"I own my home and it's hard to pay all these property taxes and instead of going down they go up. I'm just totally against it," says a woman who says she's tired of paying taxes.

"I think it's just one more thing, it's not going to send anybody to the poor house to pay another $65," speculates a voter who thinks the package is worthwhile.

"We need the package but we don't need the taxes," says another voter.

"I'm for it, I have to be since my wife's a teacher," explains another voter as he laughs.

Since the improvements will not be complete for five years, if passed, the tax rate increase will be phased in over a three to four year period and will not affect the 2004 to 2005 school year.

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