Board calls for $184.9 million bond

TEMPLE, Texas — The Temple Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved two bond propositions — totaling $184.9 million — for election on Nov. 2. These propositions were brought to the school board by seven representatives of a citizen advisory committee that was formed to provide community input on the bond proposal process.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to express my gratitude to the Citizen Advisory Committee representatives that presented the proposed bond package tonight that prioritized the needs of the district in terms of growth, facility improvements, safety and security, and equity in programs,” said Dan Posey, president for the Temple ISD board of trustees. ”The three community meetings and subsequent input provided by our community members on the proposed projects and packages have resulted in a transparent, inclusive and professional process that has allowed us as a board to call this election with a proposal that reflects the values of those we represent.”

The first proposition, for general purpose projects, raises the tax rate by 12 cents per $100 of valuation to generate about $178.3 million. This proposition would address needs at every campus.

The second proposition raises the tax rate by half a cent per $100 of valuation to generate $6.6 million for renovations to Wildcat Stadium. This proposition, by state law, must be separate from the general purpose project propositions as funds generated would be for a spectator venue for more than one thousand spectators.

Together the two propositions would raise the tax rate by 12.5 cents to generate $184.9 million. The annual impact for taxpayers is roughly $136 per $100,000 of valuation.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 2. Early voting will begin Oct. 18 and run through Oct. 29.