Bonham ISD calls May 14, 2011 school bond election

Mar 9, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: North Texas e-News

On March 7, the Bonham ISD Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to call a bond election, in the amount of $24.7 million, for May 14, 2011.

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Anonymous2

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Mar 9, 2011
 
I for one will be voting FOR this. These improvements are really needed. I applaud the ISD efforts to come up with this plan. Seemed like much more chances were given for public input along the way. All of the committee's meetings were open to the public and announced in the local media and on Bonham ISD flash alerts and Facebook page. The more detailed plans have also been posted on the school district website for quite awhile too. From what I understand, the list of facility needs was large and long
but looks like they tried to narrow it down to the most critical needs. I realize that any tax increase will be a super hard sell. But if even half of the teachers and parents would get out and VOTE FOR it, it could pass.
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Mar 10, 2011
 
Also important to note the following, which is taken from a release from BiSD:

To a Property owner within the Bonham ISD that is 65 years of age or older, or an owner who is disabled as defined by the Property Tax Code Section 11.13, the passing of a bond election will have no influence at all on the school tax portion of your residential homestead property assessment. If the Bond Election passes the amount of "out of pocket" school tax you pay on your Residential Homestead property in 2011 will remain the same as you paid in 2010. This exemption limitation does not apply to county, city or other entity tax assessments, or to any other property you may own.
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Mar 11, 2011
 

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Anonymous2 wrote:
Also important to note the following, which is taken from a release from BiSD:
To a Property owner within the Bonham ISD that is 65 years of age or older, or an owner who is disabled as defined by the Property Tax Code Section 11.13, the passing of a bond election will have no influence at all on the school tax portion of your residential homestead property assessment. If the Bond Election passes the amount of "out of pocket" school tax you pay on your Residential Homestead property in 2011 will remain the same as you paid in 2010. This exemption limitation does not apply to county, city or other entity tax assessments, or to any other property you may own.
I will vote FOR the bond election......but please keep in mind that you are giving valid, logical reasons for voting for the bond election..........to the same idiots that voted against the college last year.
Anonymous

Denison, TX

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Mar 11, 2011
 
Just pointing out reasons that people will vote against it, besides the obvious economy issues, everytime bonds have passed locally in the past 15 or so years, the assessments do go up and that does affect senior citizens. And don't think for a minute they don't know this and they do go out in the largest numbers and vote.

Also, some will look at the proposals and wonder why we need two new gyms (one at junior high and one at high school) when they just finished re-doing the one at the high school and the one at the junior high is not that old.

I doubt very seriously it will even come close to passing, look how bad the voters shot down the big one last year.
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Mar 11, 2011
 
Yes, I know many will wonder why a second gym is needed at the high school. I can offer some insight about that from my kids' personal experiences. The short answer is that more space is needed. Too many kids, not enough space. One of my kids was in PE class her freshman year. When the weather was nice, they would go outside. Sometimes they played volleyball on the tennis courts. When the weather was bad, they often ended up in a classroom or sometimes in the drill team room. The gym was being used by athletics, so there was no room for them in the gym. PE in a classroom = sitting around, which, of course, is not physical activity.(And we wonder why so many kids are overweight?!) Also, during basketball season, there is one gym and 6 teams needing that space.(Freshman, JV and varsity teams for both boys and girls.) With only one gym, not all of the athletics kids can have first or last period athletics class. Instead, during the middle of the day, they have to rush to the locker room, change clothes, practice, get sweaty, change back into school clothes without a shower, rush back to class, and then come back after school, change clothes again and practice some more. For the boys basketball players, they get out of school at 3 or 3:30 and have to come back to school to practice from 5 to 7 pm.(They are gentlemen and let the girls teams meet right after school.) The proposed new gym would not be as fancy as our main gym. All of the other high schools we play against that are 3A and bigger all have two gyms - one main gym and one practice gym.

Other parents have also told me that if we could get a second practice gym at our high school, we could host tournaments for volleyball and basketball. Tournaments, of course, could generate some income for the athletic programs. Tournaments would also have a positive economic impact on our community. People traveling here to watch their kids play will need to buy gas, buy food, etc. before they go home. That, of course, would be good for local businesses, and generate more sales taxes.
Anonymous2

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Mar 11, 2011
 
Lots of great information about this bond issue at:
http://bonham.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education...
Anonymous2

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Mar 11, 2011
 
Wondering how this tax increase will impact you?

1. Go to http://www.fannincad.org/ and search for the value of your property.

2. Go to http://bonhamisd.huckabee-inc.com/Calculator/... to calculate your tax impact.

A house valued at $100,000 would increase $17.71 per month or $212.50 per year.
Anonymous

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Mar 12, 2011
 
I think the boys basketball teams have always practiced in the evenings. That's been going on for decades now.

I would like to see improved facilities too, I just don't see voters approving a bond in the current economy situation.
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Mar 12, 2011
 
Yes they probably have been practicing in the evenings for decades. Kind of hard on the coaches though - work at school from 7 am to 7 pm, not to mention the work they have to do at home.

And to clarify, the other new gym proposed will not be at the Junior high (LH Rather). Instead it will be at the Intermediate school (IW Evans) which has grades 4-6. If you check out the plans, you can see that the proposal would be to build a new gym and the current gym would no longer be there because they would re-do the entrance and admin offices to make it more secure.
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Mar 12, 2011
 
Re-do the entrance? Entrance to what, IW Evans? I'm looking at the 2/25/11 proposal which I assume is what they are going with since it's the latest and apparently the admin offices need huge spaces and there will be a similar entrance to what is already there on the west side, unless I am missing something.

To me, it looks like a complete waste. They should focus on a new high school first, not putting bandaids on everything. New high school, move junior high to current high school, and go from there.
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Mar 12, 2011
 
Okay, I looked at another slide and I see they are doing away with the play area behind IW Evans to make parking lots and entrance on the NW side also.
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I too will vote Yes on the bond election. We have to override the nay sayers. Yes, increase my taxes. We need to take a leap of faith and BELIEVE that new facilities will generate more income for all. I have two granddaughters attending our high school. They need more room and they need upgraded facilities for safety as well as looks.
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Grandchildren? How old are you? Your taxes may not go up in rate if you are 65 are older and have claimed your exemption.
Bonham Resident

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Mar 14, 2011
 
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Just pointing out reasons that people will vote against it, besides the obvious economy issues, everytime bonds have passed locally in the past 15 or so years, the assessments do go up and that does affect senior citizens. And don't think for a minute they don't know this and they do go out in the largest numbers and vote.
Also, some will look at the proposals and wonder why we need two new gyms (one at junior high and one at high school) when they just finished re-doing the one at the high school and the one at the junior high is not that old.
I doubt very seriously it will even come close to passing, look how bad the voters shot down the big one last year.
I don't know if bond will pass or not, but please be informed before you make stupid comments. If your taxes are frozen the assessment can go as high as whatever and your school tax freeze will not change.
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Mar 14, 2011
 
Umm, before you accuse people of making stupid comments, next time understand what you are talking about. Everyone on here, besides you obviously, knows that when a senior citizen claims the over 65 exemption, the rate is frozen, not their assessment. A higher assessment at the same tax rate results in higher taxes.
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Mar 14, 2011
 
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Umm, before you accuse people of making stupid comments, next time understand what you are talking about. Everyone on here, besides you obviously, knows that when a senior citizen claims the over 65 exemption, the rate is frozen, not their assessment. A higher assessment at the same tax rate results in higher taxes.
If you don't believe me then call the appraisal district or school. It is not the rate that is frozen, it is the tax ceiling dollar amount that is frozen. Assessed value of the property on frozen taxes means nothing. Again, check your facts before you spew ignorance please.
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Mar 14, 2011
 
Homeowners may also qualify for a limit on taxes. A tax freeze, or ceiling, for school taxes is a benefit for homeowners when they turn 65 or become disabled. The elderly or disabled homeowner’s school property taxes cannot increase above the amount of tax paid on that home in the first year the homeowner receives the 65 and older homestead exemption, unless the homeowner improves or adds to the house or makes an improvement because of a disaster.

The paragraph above was copied from a state appraisal district website that is linked to the Fannin County Appraisal District. The link to the page is: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax...

Sorry Anonymous, but it looks like the tax amount is frozen for people over 65 who have filed for this. Doesn't matter if their assessment goes up, tax dollars will stay the same.
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Yes they probably have been practicing in the evenings for decades. Kind of hard on the coaches though - work at school from 7 am to 7 pm, not to mention the work they have to do at home.
And to clarify, the other new gym proposed will not be at the Junior high (LH Rather). Instead it will be at the Intermediate school (IW Evans) which has grades 4-6. If you check out the plans, you can see that the proposal would be to build a new gym and the current gym would no longer be there because they would re-do the entrance and admin offices to make it more secure.
The coaches can do it the "old school" way....nap during the classes they are supposed to "teach".
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Mar 15, 2011
 
Bonham Resident wrote:
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If you don't believe me then call the appraisal district or school. It is not the rate that is frozen, it is the tax ceiling dollar amount that is frozen. Assessed value of the property on frozen taxes means nothing. Again, check your facts before you spew ignorance please.
That's for school taxes only. Assessments go up across the board, the appraisal district gets pressure from the taxing entities, in this case the school district to collect more money quicker on those that aren't eligible to be frozen, and they raise assessments pretty much across the board.
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Mar 15, 2011
 
Anonymous wrote:
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That's for school taxes only. Assessments go up across the board, the appraisal district gets pressure from the taxing entities, in this case the school district to collect more money quicker on those that aren't eligible to be frozen, and they raise assessments pretty much across the board.
Duh!!!!LOL This tpoic is about school bond. Go back and read your statement. You said if the assessments on over 65 people go up the there taxes go up. That is not true. You have hard time admiited you are wrong don't you Bubba?...LOL

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