Taxpayer trust in the Lindale ISD was borne out once again last week when voters overwhelmingly approved the school district’s $32 million bond package, 67.9 percent to 32.1 percent.
According to complete but unofficial returns, the bond package drew 5,617 “yes’’ votes to 2,657 “no’’ votes.
LISD taxpayers will see their tax bill increase by $4.85 per month on a $170,000 home, or approximately $60 per year.
Lindale ISD Stan Surratt, who during the past several weeks spent many hours in the community lining up support for the bond, was obviously happy and relieved district voters once again showed confidence in the district.
“We’re very excited and couldn’t be more pleased,’’ Surratt said. “If you take a step back and look at the last 12 years, our (school) board and administrators have built a strong fund balance and the things we’ve done with our last bond election, there’s proof we have a lot of good things going on.’’
In 2009, LISD taxpayers were asked to approve bond package divided into two parts, which resulted in a new junior high school, the Lindale ISD Performing Arts Center and a new baseball/softball complex.
“When you have a good community that believes in you and you do things in a conservative way and an economical manner, we have become a model of how things should be done,’’ Surratt said. “The people trust our school board and have faith in our vision.’’
Surratt noted the bond passed in 2009 was a game changer for the district and the 2018 version will follow in that same path and there was a minimal increase in the tax rate.
“This one is going to have the same effect and impact on our district (as the 2009 bond),’’ he said. “When people look back on this they will say it was very economical for just four cents.’’
The Lindale ISD is the only district in Smith County to receive an “A’’ rating from the state of Texas and while Surratt understands the importance of academics to parents and taxpayers, the overall strength of a district is formed from many areas.
“We know the most important things we do are on the academic side,’’ he said. “All the other things are important as well, but we especially want to be great academically.
“We needed (this bond victory) because in about 10 years we’re going to be at around 5,000 students and we want to grow healthy and smart.’’
Republican Nathaniel Moran easily defeated Democratic challenger Michael Mast, 72.1 percent to 27.8 percent to continue as Smith County Judge. He was appointed in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of former Smith County Judge Joel Baker who resigned.
Moran will be sworn in to serve his four-year term in January.
Smith County voters overwhelmingly supported sending Republican Ted Cruz back to the U.S. Senate by a 65.9 percent to 29.9 percent margin over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.
Cruz wound up winning the statewide vote 51 percent to 49 percent, according to unofficial returns.