“Yes’’ vote on bond package secures present, future

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In a few days (Nov. 6), the final votes will be tallied and the fate of the Lindale ISD bond package – along with some heated state races – will be decided.

School district personnel, especially Superintendent Stan Surratt, have been beating the drum in recent weeks trying to secure support for the $32 million package, which will add classroom space to the high school, build a multi-use indoor facility, expand the high school cafeteria and make needed improvements to Eagle Stadium.

While I’m not a district taxpayer, I am a taxpayer nonetheless and support fiscal responsibility in all areas, which is exactly what LISD taxpayers have with the current school board and administration.

Approximately a decade ago, trustees asked district taxpayers to approve a bond proposal for improvements which included a new junior high school, the performing arts center and a new baseball/softball complex.

Voters overwhelmingly backed the package – which was divided into two parts – and today, the results of this taxpayer confidence are tangible.

The PAC remains one of the most beautiful and functional facilities of its kind in East Texas. The sleek, modern junior high school will stand the test of time and the baseball/softball complex is a very comfortable place to enjoy LISD teams in action.

“People can still see what was delivered with the last bond,’’ Surratt said.

This past August, the LISD board unanimously passed a resolution calling for the current bond package of $36,410,390, of which $4 million will come from the district’s maintenance and operation fund.

For the average home of $170,000, taxpayers would see a $4.85 monthly increase for residents with a homestead exemption or an increase of approximately $60 for the average home.

“We have the third lowest tax rate in Smith County,’’ Surratt said. “And we’ve cut the tax rate 9 ½ cents over the past six years.’’

In other words, LISD trustees and administrators have been responsible stewards with your money and have produced not just sparkling new facilities but an academic excellence that is second to none.

Surratt, naturally, is proud of what the district has produced and maintained during the past decade, especially considering how the LISD is practically bursting at the seams with new families moving in hoping to become part of one of the best districts in the state.

“No one in Smith County has had the type of growth we’ve had,’’ he said. “It’s important for us to keep up with this growth.’’

Lindale ISD voters are fortunate to have responsible people in charge of their tax dollars.

By voting “yes’’ for the LISD bond package, Lindale taxpayers will ensure the district will be well positioned for the challenges of the future.

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