POSTED: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 10:56am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 3:24am
LONGVIEW — It took Pine Tree officials a little over two months to decide they needed a new football stadium but some taxpayers say that decision was made too fast.
"I don't think the committee took enough time to look at all the options to make a good financial decision," said Gregory Hulett. "We were kind of railroaded into we need a new stadium, lets have a bond to get a new stadium," Hulett added.
These folks say $20 million dollars is too much for a new stadium.
They say other schools that built new football fields did it with a lot less money.
"Carthage built a stadium in 2008 and that was when construction prices were high for around $7 million," Hulett told us.
This group of taxpayers are not against school bonds but just against this one.
They said if a more reasonable bond was presented they would be all for it.
Pine Tree Officials released this official statement concerning the bond issue:
PTISD Board of Trustees has proposed a bond package which they believe best serves our students through both new and improved facilities and which will build community pride. The stadium, which is the bulk of the bond, was discussed during the preparation for the 2004 bond, but campus instructional buildings were prioritized as more important at that time. Pine Tree ISD welcomes a dialogue about concerns and seeks to clarify information about the proposal which supports accessibility, improved safety and instructional settings. For information, please visit www.ptisd.org , attend board meetings, and/or call 903-295-5000.