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May 2, 2013

VIEWPOINT: Dispelling myths, misstatements about WISD’s bond proposal

By BRANDON GARRETT

There has been a lot of political rhetoric surrounding the 2013 WISD bond, and I think it is important to revisit the facts.

I do not like to focus on the negative issues but, unfortunately, a fair share of the discussion that has surrounded this bond either online, in the paper, or on social media networks has been very negative. The problem with blogs and social media is that it largely goes “unchecked” – meaning people read it and believe it regardless of its validity.

The official opposition to this bond has found a way to portray just about each and every issue in a negative light. And while some of their concerns may have merit, the majority of their claims are half-truths. Maybe they aren’t downright lies, but they are intentionally spun to appeal to their cause. There has not been a successful medium to address any of the following issues since the opposition has not held an official public forum, so as an informed citizen, I feel it is my duty to make sure that the citizens of Weatherford are armed with the facts.

In regards to the idea of a bond in general, a common opposing argument is that we already have outstanding bond debt from a previous issue and that the school district “shouldn’t spend money that it doesn’t have.” Yes, we are still servicing the bond from the last election. It is not uncommon for some of the high growth school districts to plan for a bond every two to three years. The last WISD bond was 14 years ago. To act like this is outrageous or imprudent is a bit hyperbolic. The bonds are “too big” or “too often” relative to what? Your own personal spending or how a growing public school district must operate? The two are very different. As impressive as it would be, the WISD cannot operate on a Dave Ramsey “envelope budget.” 

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