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WISD to Host Community Meeting on Bond Election October 19th

This bond election was called by the Willis ISD Board of Trustees in August to address enrollment growth and limited space availability for career and technical programs. Its purpose is also to provide funding for a variety of facility improvements across the district.

Harkrider will review each project included in the proposition, cost, and estimated date of completion. These include:

 

  • Brabham Middle School Expansion -  FALL 2017
  • Career & Technology Education Center  -  FALL 2018
  • Willis High School Renovations  - FALL 2018
  • New Auditorium at WHS - FALL 2018
  • New Agricultural Science Center  - FALL 2018
  • New Elementary School Campus -   FALL 2018 or 2019
  • New Elementary School Campus  - FALL 2018 or 2019
  • Drive Improvements at 4 Campuses - FALL 2016 or Fall 2017
  • Field Turf at Yates Stadium - FALL 2016 or Fall 2017

Willis ISD enrollment has grown by 21 percent since the last bond election in 2006, from 5,700 students to 6,900 in 2014. The district’s demographer has projected continued growth over the next decade, including as many as 1,200 new students over the next three years.

As of the seventh day of class in 2015, enrollment stood at 7,114 students. This number represents an increase of 283 students over the same day last year and 268 students higher than the last day of the 2014-2015 school year. As of Sept. 28, 2015, total enrollment stood at 7,142 students.

Approval of the bond election would lead to an increase on the interest and sinking (I&S) portion of the tax rate of no more than 6.75 cents ($.0675), or $5.63 per month on a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

“Senior citizens are exempt from this increase,” stated Harkrider. “The school tax rate and the amount paid are frozen when a taxpayer turns 65 years old. The rate is frozen as long as the taxpayer lives in the home and does not make major improvements that change its value. “

“If the bond election passes, the tax impact should be an incremental increase over a period of two to three years,” he continued. “Bonds will not be sold until funding is needed for each project.”

Click here for more information on the bond election.

 
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