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May 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor – May 5, 2013

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Vote for Elaine Carter to continue excellence and success at Weatherford College.

Thank you.

Brenda Hall, Weatherford

Bond package seeks too much

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my opposition to the proposed $107.32 million Weatherford ISD bond package. While this bond does address some needed issues, it is packaged with overpriced, unneeded construction projects. Why the WISD Board of Trustees and administration have chosen to offer a general bond over a specific-use bond should not be lost on those who are looking only at the positives within the package.

This bond is grouped together so as to encourage those who see the benefits will ignore all of the glaring problems contained within. In a time where our population has declined 16 percent over the last two years, personal income has fallen 32 percent during the same time, our unemployment rate is at one of the highest it’s been in 10 years at 6 percent and our per capita income is $24,622, we need to understand that economics do play a vital role in this bond election. The WISD wants us to give more while we make less money. Many people simply cannot afford the extra expense.

Furthermore, the WISD Board of Trustees should be held accountable for encumbering so much bond debt. We paid $2,675,625 in interest payments alone last year. Their 1999 bond of $97 million is still being paid off with the district owing $73,665,046 at the end of 2012. They have also allowed another $1,895,000 to be encumbered in the form of maintenance bonds. That totals $75,560,046 in current bond debt the WISD will still be paying on until 2035.

It is obvious that the board of trustees and administration have not thought this bond through. Only a little more than 12 years ago, they decided to break out the ninth grade students from the rest of the high school knowing full well there would be transportation issues. Now they want another $107 million to fix this and many other issues that should have been contemplated well before the 1999 bond. Why would we think that we will not be re-addressing the mistakes from this bond in the next 10 years?

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