Opposition emerges to $25.2M White Oak ISD bond

Opposition emerges to $25.2M White Oak ISD bond
Texas Tribune
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:29am

Opposition is bubbling up against a $25.2 million high school and field house referendum in White Oak ISD, where trustees plan an information blitz well before early voting starts.

Voters in White Oak will decide May 10 whether to add up to 34 cents to their tax rate of $1.24 per $100 property value. The money would pay to raze their 1970s-era high school and replace it with a new one nearby, leaving the old site for parking. The proposal also includes a new field house.

“There are a lot of questions out there,” local business owner Lewis Orms said last week after acknowledging he was on the committee that pulled together information from which the school board formed its proposal with the help of Potter Architects. “There’s more and more people, I’m finding, that are really looking.”

Early voting for the referendum mirror that for city and school elections and will run April 19 through May 6.

Orms said the latest estimate of the tax increase he’d heard was 30 cents, an amount that would challenge business owners who are wading into requirements of national health care reform, or Obamacare.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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