Voting Yes for bond
As a fiscal conservative, I am voting “Yes” on the KISD bond.
The organized “No” campaign’s focus is an absolutist “no new debts” position. This is absurd for a growing district like KISD which has always maintained a strong fiscal focus, but needs new schools to accommodate families building homes. The KISD tax rate will not increase (it can’t by law, period). But there is no “free lunch” to costs if the bond is voted down: crowded classrooms, expensive operational short-term fixes, higher borrowing costs later, and lower demand (and values) for our KISD homes are all likely. KISD didn’t stop welcoming economic growth after it built its first school, and it shouldn’t stop as we get closer to full build-out.
The bond calls for a new CTE Facility. In great part this is in response to House Bill 5, which encourages more opportunities for high school students to select career fields of interest. Most of our area state legislators helped pass this bill which Gov. Perry signed into law, and will give the opportunity for more students to become responsible, tax-paying citizens of our community.
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Finally, this is about local control. I respect that my neighbor can vote “No” for a specific reason. However, I can’t respect an outside organized campaign telling me to vote down our bond proposal when, according to their Oct. 6 PAC filing, they’ve spent thousands trying to influence our votes but haven’t received even 1 cent in contributions from anyone living in KISD!
— Matthew Strong, Keller