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2017-10-05

Medina ISD creates bond information website

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Medina ISD has created a bond information website to assist voters as they prepare to go to the polls later this month. The site can be accessed at www.medinaisd.org.
The website offers photos of the campus as well as a list of proposed projects, frequently asked questions, and a personal tax impact calculator.
Superintendent Kevin Newsom said, “The District wants to be transparent regarding this bond proposal, and we hope this website will provide the facts needed to help voters make an informed decision.”
The proposed $5.95 million bond would address the age and condition of facilities, improve student safety, and accommodate growth in academic and CTE curriculum areas.
Specific bond projects proposed include:
• Stabilize the foundation at the Gallant Building
• New sewer plant and plumbing improvements
• Campus-wide drainage improvements
• New HVAC and electrical updates in the existing gym
• New fire alarm systems in all buildings
• New public address and phone systems
• New secure door access systems
• Additional parking
• New HVAC systems in Upper Elementary, Lower Elementary, and Ingram classrooms
• Repair structural beam in the kitchen/cafeteria
• Multi-grade level all-purpose building with gym
• New Ag building for metal fabrication and building trades students • Renovated Junior High Science Lab • Renovated Home Economics classroom and kitchen
• New theater lights • New field lights for baseball and softball
• New irrigation system for football, baseball, and softball
Roof and track repairs are not part of the bond. These projects are being addressed using money received from the District’s insurance company.
If the bond passes, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 homestead about $13.09 a month.
This tax rate increase would not apply to the homesteads of senior citizens who receive an Over 65 or Older homestead exemption. Under state law, once an Over 65 or Older exemption is filed with the county appraisal district, the school taxes on that home can’t go up as long as the resident owns the home and makes no major improvements to the home.
The bonds would be financed for 20 years rather than 25 years, saving over $1 million in interest payments, based on current projections by the District’s financial advisor.
Early Voting begins weekdays from Mon., Oct. 23 through Fri., Nov. 3.
Bandera County residents may vote early from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm at the Medina Tax Office Annex, the Ray Mauer Annex, or the Lakehills Area Library.
Kerr County residents may vote early from 8 am – 5 pm at the Cailloux City Center or the Kerr County Courthouse Annex in Ingram.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7 at county precinct locations.