EPISD bonds–will they spend it on what they tell us?

This note was sent to us with the implication that some future EPISD board might do the same thing with the bond money that they want us to approve:

 

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It would be good if we could get them to commit to building what they are telling us the bond money is for, not something that they decide later.

We deserve better

Brutus

9 Responses to EPISD bonds–will they spend it on what they tell us?

  1. Tickedofftaxpayer says:

    Dawg,
    It is not that folks are anti-tax and anti-everything. It is instead that we see no effort to pay attention to what the community can actually afford. Case in point, while the issue won’t impact folks over 65, the taxes that are added on to the property could make it difficult to sell if they needed to downsize or sell to have funds for assisted living. Look at the tax bill increases that all the other taxing entities are asking for. Add those up plus the bond and a lot of struggling families will be over what they can afford. Foreclosures are already up in my neighborhood and houses sit on the market a long time. EPSID has wasted millions over the last few years. If this bond issue were focused on just fixing the most critical building issues, folks would step up, but they are throwing in tons of extra stuff, in part because interest rates are low and they want to borrow as much as they can. They’ve hired consulting firms and PR support that brag publicly about their ability to get record bond issues. In short, the behavior surrounding this is more about borrowing as much as they can instead of focusing on the most needed infrastructure issues. That’s a no vote in my house.

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  2. Benevelous says:

    Well, just look at what they have done with previous bond money… Did they do what was promised?

    Do NOT believe them.

    They lie to their own people (every day without a blink). They are lying to you right now. Oppose the bond with everything you have.

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  3. Old Gringo Guy says:

    But they need big bucks to build the new EPISD palace when the current lease runs out. After all, we can’t expect them to be satisfied with an normal office building!

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  4. Deputy Dawg says:

    I believe that all of those massive stadium examples were part of actual bonds the the voters in those districts passed. Your implication is that some future EPISD school boards take bond money and build giant stadiums on some kind of whim, whereas the reality is all of those were built as part of a bond package.

    “District officials and stadium supporters are quick to point out that the stadium will have multiple uses and was part of a five-year, $220-million bond package that upgraded or added new facilities across the district. The stadium, though, was the biggest part of the plan voters approved in May by 62%.”

    Perhaps you could also compare those districts bonds to the EPISD bond proposal. It looks to me like the bond that will go to the voters in November is all about campuses and school buses and academic things for much of the district, not a single massive stadium like in Allen and McKinney ISDs.

    I don’t think that current school boards can make financial decisions for future school boards like you are asking. What voters CAN do is make sure that whomever they are voting for in the future commits to the bonds, as written and voted for by voters. That is how you insure accountability later.

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    • Brutus says:

      One way to avoid a future board “redirecting” the money is for them not to have the money in the first place.

      The bond should be for an amount that this current board can oversee to completion.

      Brutus

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      • Deputy Dawg says:

        Brutus, and that EXACT AMOUNT is what?

        We can also kick problems down the road and then be angry when the cost of correcting the problems is so crazy because we let them fester for so long. And then we kick the problem further down the road. And get angry again. And then kick it again. And get angry again. And on and on and on. I think that this bond is trying to correct a lot of problems that have been kicked down the road for a number of decades in some cases. The problems will still be there whether the bond is passed or not.

        We see this all the time on a simple human basis here in El Paso: People that have a small medical problem think the problem will somehow self-correct or go away so they don’t go to a primary physician. They do this multiple times until the problem is so bad that they have to go to the emergency room to fix the problem. By then the problem is many time worse than it was originally, and the cost to correct it is much worse as well.

        I know that the folks here are all anti-tax and anti-everything, even though many don’t even live in EPISD or are over 65 so it doesn’t affect their taxes. But the problems don’t go away. EPISD will still need buses. Coronado will still be falling apart and patching a roof here and there doesn’t fix the larger problem that the building itself is in bad shape. 60 year old buildings like Jefferson don’t get younger. They get older. Technology doesn’t go away, it becomes more ubiquitous.

        What is the old saying? Pay me now or pay me later? And what is being more fiscally responsible? Getting a bond today at a low interest rate or waiting a few years when the interest rates could be triple what they are now?

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        • anonymous says:

          The problem Dawg is that district officials cannot handle this amount of money. They still have not spent the last bond.

          Instead of addressing real problems with the last bond, they decided to build a football stadium at Jeff.

          Moreover, this bond is set up to pay for laptops and neighborhood internet … not problems that have been “kicked down the road.” Instead, these liabilities become expectations with costs that will be kicked into the future.

          If we were really addressing real problems, the process could be more transparent and not manipulated the way it has been.

          This community is not anti-tax. It’s anti-corruption. I have no faith that the current administration will spend these funds in a manner that benefits our children.

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    • Chico says:

      It should be noted that the Jefferson football stadium was not included in the last bond. The district decided to shift funds for this purpose. There is precedent, Dawg.

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      • Not Crazy says:

        Wait, but aren’t the masses screaming about the lack of money for south central and claiming that it all goes to the rich Westside schools like Franklin abd Coronado? You mean prior bond money destined for a high school in the NE that was no longer needed was diverted south of I-10? Where’s the mass outrage and demonstration (of 5 people)? Snide commentary aside, this demonstrates the opposition is not about facts or reality but just for the sake of outrage.

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