I know this has been pointed out before, but let me re-emphasize that bonds cannot be used for salaries. Yes, it is a noble idea to increase teacher salaries (and WISD has this year – twice: once with a pay raise and once with a one-time lump-sum payment), but people are missing the forest for the trees on this one. Salaries have nothing to do with the capital improvements that this bond represents. Furthermore, it is actually ILLEGAL for bonds of this nature to be used for salaries. The people opposing the bond will say that they never actually said that the bond could increase salaries (and technically they didn’t), but they did succeed in misleading people to believe this by a generalized statement. Many people have asked why there is nothing in this bond for teacher salaries. When asked why they thought there should be salary increases with the bond, they cited the ad against the bond. This was undoubtedly an intended result of the vague wording of that ad
This should be common knowledge by now and has been addressed in previous letters by others, but for whatever reason many people still do not understand this or just refuse to believe it. If you are age 65 or over and have a homestead exemption, your taxes WILL NOT increase because of this bond. Can your taxes still increase? YES, if you improve your home, but that is an entirely different issue unrelated to this bond. If you are over 65 and are not planning on putting in a pool or adding on a game room anytime soon, I think it is safe to say that your taxes will not increase because of this bond. Again, this is a prime example of the opposition twisting the facts. Do you really think that someone that improves their home and increases its value wouldn’t expect their home value to increase for property tax purposes?