VOTE NO! FOR THE $107,320,000.00 WISD BOND!

By Dawn King, Parker County TEA Party –

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Why Vote NO for the WISD BOND?

Because we are Taxed Enough Already!

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Maybe you have heard the comment, “why would anyone vote against the children”? Let me be clear, I’m not voting against the children, I’m casting myself as a guardian against excessive spending. Weatherford families and small businesses are facing difficult times, and now is not the time to make matters even worse by asking taxpayers to pay for a $107,320,000.00 Bond.

Safety and Security are being campaigned as the Number 1 reason we need the $107,320,000.00 Bond.

dr_jeffrey_hanks_mug_110211The chart shown during a presentation by the WISD Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, identifies “Safety and Security” as:

A. Card Readers on Entry Doors
B. Cameras/Surveillance Equipment
C. Fencing
D. Parking Lot Lighting
E. New Classroom Door Hardware
Total cost: $4,743,127.00. – That’s only 4% of the $107,320,000.00!
Don’t misunderstand me, I would vote YES for a “Safety and Security” Bond, but I’m not getting that opportunity.
In order to get “Safety and Security” for our children, I must agree to spending:
$2,249,804.000 for “Repurpose and Expansion” of the High School Athletic Center
$7,229,555.000 for a new Baseball and Softball Complex at WHS
$2,255,248.000 for an 8 Lane Track with Synthetic Turf & Practice Fields at WHS
$2,578,587.000 for “Athletic Repurpose & Renovations atthe 9th Grade Center
A total of $14,313,194.00 FOR ATHLETICS!

That is 14 MILLION that we would be paying interest on until 2043!

$17,618,946.00 – 9th Grade addition at the High School
$17,503,047.00 – Technology Center
$961,275.00 – Agricultural Facility
$4,435,420 – Transportation Facility
$5,075,585 – Maintenance Building
TOTAL COST AT PAYOFF IS OVER $400,000,000.00!
We still haven’t paid off the last bond that built the new high school…  The proposed bond is only intended to meet projections up to 8 years and will not be paid off until 2043. The passed 1999 bond of $97 million is still being paid off and will continue until 2035. If approved, Weatherford tax dollars will be paying for this bond 21 years after it reaches its limit.
The 2012-13 Tax Rate for Weatherford ISD is $1.40 = $1.17 M&O and $.23 I&S. This has been the same rate for 2011-2012 and 2010-2011. The Proposed tax rate with the bond package is a total of $1.555 = $1.17 M&O and $.385 I&S… a 67% increase in I&S and overall, this is a 10.7% increase! Our rate would be higher than the Fort Worth ISD, Arlington ISD, and Carroll ISD. Please see the tax rates below.Weatherford    1.55
Let’s use our heads here. If safety is the issue then lets have a bond for safety. Not safety and everything on the WISD Superintendent’s wishlist.
The ENTIRE board of Trustees voted for this Bond!
It’s time for change!
It’s time for Strong Conservative Representation ~
VOTE for Joshua Tarbay & Philip Newkirk for WISD Board of Trustees

Yes! We are Taxed Enough Already!!

About The Parker County TEA Party – The TEA Party Patriots of Parker County

We are a grassroots group of Americans united to share our common value – that the Constitution of the United States should be the governance of our land.  It should not be re-interpreted or revised in meaning to meet the needs to special interests or political favors.  We’re concerned about reckless overspending, unfair and punitive taxation, and the increasing lack of government constraints. We are peaceful American citizens that organize protests and rallies in Parker County, Texas. We’re not contained by any particular ideology or party, but strive to be a pluralistic and populist movement committed to Liberty, especially economic liberty.

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8 responses

  1. Dawn, you are correct here…an increase in Ad-Valorem [property taxes] would affect business owners, new home sales and new construction in Weatherford. These folks represent a large piece of the tax pie in Weatherford. Losing businesses or discouraging growth could affect sales revenue for many business owners in Weatherford. The question to be answered then is who makes up the difference for the lost tax revenue? The answer is the homeowners and property owners that are left after the smoke clears. Our local economy has seen gradual improvements over the past few years. This can be attributed to the cost of living in Weatherford remaining relatively low in comparison to other cities in the DFW area. Many municipalities, school districts, County entities, and State entities have seen the need to tighten their financial budgets knowing the financial difficulties a tax increase would represent in a weakened economy. The real elephant in the room here is the $500,000,000.00 [actual cost] of this bond when it matures in 2044. It would seem more prudent for the WISD to prioritize their future needs- utilizing their current budget to pay for those items versus requesting items that are above and beyond their ability to afford. Weatherford, the future economic stability of our City is in your hands. Please join me and others in protecting the futures of our young people for generations to come by voting “NO” to the $107.32 million bond package.

    1. Give me a break. I own both commercial and residential property in this city, and I am committed to helping WISD with these items that are clearly needed. You would probably know that if you paid attention to what is going on in our schools. You are not going to lose businesses as a result of this bond. That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard yet as a reason not to do it. The district can’t utilize their current budget to do this. That is why you issue bonds, just like practically every other district that is growing and has outdated facilities. The young people you speak of protecting won’t be too appreciative when they realize you said no to giving them the facilities they need to be successful.

      And finally, who is this Senator Blutarsky? Your ramblings on this site, along with your strange quotes, have all the markings of someone who needs to lay off the wine.

      1. I too own a small business and residential property in this city and I have no qualms about passing this bond issue. Bonds are used in almost every school district and how do you think the Cowboys stadium got built. That’s right bonds. Arlington voters saw that having the stadium in their city would be beneficial for businesses, hotels, and increased tax revenue. Weatherford is growing and the only way to keep schools adequate is to expand and improve. The $107 million dollars would be staying in the city and supporting builders and more economic growth. What happens in two years when these elementary schools already operating at 100% increase to 125%. Do we simply turn the children away or start teaching classes outdoors?

  2. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    I would even vote against the ” safety ” issue, and I find the other issues not even worthy of consideration, much less approval . The entire “safety & security ” apparatchik loves to shake a boogey man in front of scared sheep, to get them to cough up huge expenditures. Our teachers and administrators being armed and proficient would be a significant deterrent to any person or groups of such who might wish to impose harm, and at considerably less than 4 million dollars.

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
    (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series
    of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
    H L Mencken

    “The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” Albert Camus

    This entire nation has become mesmerized with spending OTHER PEOPLES MONEY……..and if they truly cared for ” the children ” they would not so flippantly impose an onerous financial obligation on them !

  3. Safety and Security only 4%.

    We need to get rid of these idiots that spend our money on their pet projects.

  4. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding
    more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this information for
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  5. Could you tell us if you know, how much of our tax dollars are going to all the renovation of “The First” and, how much of our tax dollars went to build all these baseball parks that are rarely used?

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