POSTED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:44pm
East Texas (Longview News-Journal) — Voters were generous to two East Texas school districts Saturday, voting themselves tax increases for new campuses.
Sabine ISD voters who had turned back a bond issue in 2009 overwhelmingly approved a similar measure Saturday. The district asked for a $19.8 million bond to build a new elementary campus, and 1,039 voters agreed while 543 were in opposition.
“I’m extremely excited for the kids, and I’m excited for the community,” Superintendent Stacey Bryce said once results were tallied. “It says this community is ready to move forward and have some change that they’ve not been able to have in the past several years.”
The proposal, for the district’s first debt since paying off the high school 10 years ago, will raise the tax rate by almost 28 cents to $1.32 per $100 property valuation.
The 2009 bond would have raised the rate by 42 cents.
This time around, trustees, teachers and a panel of supporters had fanned throughout the Class AA district speaking about an elementary campus they said has become inadequate.
Built in several stages since 1932, the school also was drafty and out of compliance with Texas Education Agency standards for classroom sizes and with modern disability act requirements.
“They worked extremely hard, and through their work they got the facts,” Bryce said. “And the voters decided they wanted a new school for their kids and elementary teachers. I was not surprised by the vote. I was excited by the difference in the amount of votes by the margin of the win.”
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