All-or-nothing on bond

04/25/2014 7:12 PM

04/25/2014 7:14 PM

Arlington trustees have called for an election to approve $663.1 million in bonds for district-wide improvements.

Although not all of the proposed projects are of equal importance, voters are required to vote for all or none.

I do not consider the construction of two elementary schools in north and east Arlington equal in priority to constructing a districtwide agricultural science facility.

I was a member of the citizens review committee, and I do think all the projects have merit.

The student population of AISD is stable; increasing bonded debt by $663 million is troubling.

The majority of the AISD student population comes from families that are economically challenged; the proposed increase in taxes of over 12 percent is not affordable.

I am strongly in favor of much of the bond proposal, but since we can only vote for all or none, I will be voting no.

— John Nolan, Arlington

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