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Taxes

I don't understand how a bond package will not raise our taxes. The proposition itself talks about levying an ad valorem tax, "AND SHALL THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES BE AUTHORIZED TO LEVY AND PLEDGE, AND CAUSE TO BE ASSESSED AND COLLECTED, ANNUAL ADVALOREM TAXES ON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY IN THE DISTRICT SUFFICIENT, WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO RATE OR AMOUNT, TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF...."

Rick Hamblet 134 days ago

No tax increase

The proposition states " The issuance of $287,000 bonds for school buildings, school sites, new school buses and the levying of a tax in payment thereof."
What you have quoted there isn't on our ballot.
The bond will be afforded under our existing tax rate. There will be no increase to our taxes.

Jessica Rotz 133 days ago

"Not immediately affect taxes"

previously CI reported this:
http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/northwest-austin/pisd-addresses-enrollment/

concerned in what way and at what time this bond could impact resident taxes. Please do a follow up piece.

Pville resident 199 days ago

No tax increase.

The bond will not increase our taxes or our tax rate.

Jessica Rotz 169 days ago

Then how will the bond be repaid?

I keep hearing "no impact on taxes," but the silence is deafening when the subject comes to repaying the bond. Until and unless I get a detailed, no-nonsense explanation as to where the funds to repay the bond come from, my vote will be "no."

Virginia 149 days ago

Our existing tax rate

Virginia, you can visit my Facebook page and see some info and graphs that details how and why our taxes will not increase. It is Vote Yes PISD Bond.

Jessica Rotz 143 days ago

Football Stadium Wise Use of Funds?

Is a $26M football stadium really the best use of funds? Could we not have a much more modest facility, and focus on improving the academic results of our school children?

I also find it objectionable that the school board decided to include this item with other more obvious needs. Perhaps if separated out, the voters would reject spending enough money to build another entire elementary school on a single stadium?

Justin 200 days ago

Long-term savings are a wise use of funds

While the regional stadium costs $3M more now, it is a cost effective solution for our existing stadium issues. It's even more fiscally conservative when you view it in the long-term. Our stadiums are undersized for our current school and district enrollment and our projected growth. Each high school in Pflugerville (when we are ultimately built out, there will be 6 high schools) will have a stadium but we will save money on building JV stadiums rather than larger stadiums as a result of having a regional stadium. Parents and spectators are turned away from home games because the stadiums reach capacity. It may not seem a concern to some but when you are a parent of an athlete or band student who is unable to watch your child perform due to stadium capacity, it's quite a big problem. The district has a proven history of making fiscally conservative decisions with regard to spending our tax dollars. (PISD has been recognized over the past few years with awards from different organizations for transparency and being good stewards of taxpayer money.) This decision to include a stadium is financially prudent and will save this district over $17M dollars when building out the remaining high schools. Note: the $17M figure is in today's dollars. By the time we build those schools, the increasing construction costs will be dramatically higher and we will save much more than that. With the money saved, we will be in a better position to afford schools going forward on future bonds. Also note, included in this bond package are the necessary elementary schools to meet our projected growth for the next several years. I served on the CFAC for this bond and am very familiar with the numbers and reasoning behind our recommendation to the PISD Board of Trustees.

Jessica Rotz 168 days ago

Thanks for the explanation!

I'm sure a lot of us are wondering. This makes sense.

Suzanne Lander 160 days ago

Long-term savings are a wise use of funds.

Your are correct Jessica, we now have 2 PISD schools playing 6A Football, and 1 school in 5A. Our stadiums were obsolete when they were built (being to small), and the all aluminum seating and steps at some of the stadiums is a hazard when its wet or when severe weather threatens.

Lets get this one right, and build a stadium that can serve the needs of the district for years to come. I would also advise that we build an athletics and performing arts facility that can host basketball games and tournaments; performances in the band and fine arts areas and graduation of PISD students without traveling to Austin and paying the Erwin Center.

With all the new home construction and new neighbors moving in daily, the time is right for Pflugerville ISD to be proactive and not reactive to the needs of its students.

Mark Brewer 137 days ago

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