The other exceptions to the homestead exemption: if you have more than one home or if you move from your current homestead. Again, this applies to a very small part of the 65-plus population, but the opposition portrays it as if the WISD administration is lying and deceptively misrepresenting the homestead exemption. That is simply untrue. (By the way, you can look up the facts for yourself on the State of Texas website if you still have concerns).
In regards to the athletic facilities, this is not so we can have a shiny new ballpark. I agree that education should come first while extracurricular activities should come second. But the purpose of the improvements is so our student athletes do not have to commute back and forth to the Ninth Grade Center. The current arrangement is dangerous and wasteful.
Pardon my cynicism, but is there a portion of our community that is suffering from short-term memory loss? There is a street near the high school named after one of our more accomplished student athletes. If you would have told me 10 years ago that we would have a street named after BB Fielder, I would have been 100 percent certain that it would be because he went on to play in the NFL, or run track for Team USA in the Olympics, or maybe even sing in a world-class choir – he was a heck of a singer! Unfortunately, it is because he was killed in a traffic accident while driving to track practice. Let me say that again, one of Weatherford’s most promising athletes was killed while traveling to track practice because of the current campus arrangement.
And people are upset that we are considering adding some fields and a practice track to the high school to make it self-contained? With that said, let me rephrase my previous assertion: in my opinion, student safety comes first, then education and then extracurricular activities.