With the May 9 election nearing and early voting less than two weeks away, supporters from Vote For Weatherford ISD Bond held a community rally Friday at Cherry Park.
Complete with a bounce house for children, pizza, cookies, drinks and a photo booth, attendees were able to pick up information on the bond propositions, make donations and also pick up yard signs to help support the political action committee’s efforts.
“We weren’t sure what to expect [as far as turnout] but it’s been great,” said Prissy Neely, who along with her husband Leo, are treasurers for the PAC.
Several other supporters helped pass out signs to those who wanted them and even the children “recruited” those driving by the park by wearing hats and holding signs.
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The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call a bond election after a WISD Facility Advisory of Citizens, Teachers and Students (FACTS) Committee made up of local citizens, civic and business leaders, students, parents and school staff - some of whom are now on the PAC - met to study and prioritize district facility needs and bring forth a plan to address them.
After some tweaking, the bond was broken out into three propositions totaling $74.9 million that address two key areas - facility improvements at all existing WISD schools to extend the life of each facility and grade level realignment to “better serve current and future WISD students and provide greater operational efficiencies.”
If approved, the estimated tax impact of the total bond proposal is anticipated to be about $7.79 per month based on a $100,000 home value. Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older may not be increased regardless of changes in tax rate or property value.
Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104