My taxes just went down, why should I Vote for them to go back up?
This bond is for current safety and security needs and for future growth and development.
HOW WILL THIS IMPACT MY TAXES?
If passed, this proposal will raise taxes to $1.56. This would mean for example, if you own a home that costs $100,000; your taxes would increase $22.56 a month or $270.66 annually. The tax impact for most will range from $90.22 annually to $631.54.
Cumby ISD property taxes for citizens age 65 or older will not be affected by the bond election as long as a homestead and over 65 exemption application have been filed with the local appraisal district.
According to state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older cannot be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65 – regardless of changes in tax rate or property value – unless significant improvements are made to the home.
ˆassuming assessed values do not decrease
why do we need to relocate the football field, and do we need a track?
This relocation is to allow for space for Elementary expansion and to enclose and secure the Elementary playground. The Elementary expansion will allow all students to move into a secure building and out of portable classrooms. Also, parking expansion would be possible for parents and community members for school and community events. Currently, parking is limited.
The addition of the compressed surface track would be made possible if the football field is relocated, and would allow for a safe area for students to practice. Currently, City streets around the school are utilized as the track.
WHY relocate the football field and not add bathrooms, concessions, or complete the track?
The bond does not include a finished track or bathrooms, and concessions. However, part of Cumby ISD’s Master plan includes finishing the track with local funds not bond funds. The plan also includes adding bathrooms and concessions, but not with bond funds. All projects will be prioritized and completed as funds are available. The cost of adding these to the bond would extend beyond the bond capacity.
WHY ADD ONTO the elementary CAMPUS INSTEAD OF BUILDING A NEW ELEMENTARY?
There are two primary reasons: cost and utilization of the cafeteria. Adding onto the Elementary will save the taxpayer in construction costs and will allow for more projects to be completed to address other areas of need. The proposal of campus additions are designed and will be built to be expanded. The cost of renovation is approximately 40% less than a new build. Also, the current Elementary is structurally sound per a Facilities Study conducted by GLS, and our only cafeteria is located in the Elementary. The cafeteria, utilized by the school and community, would cost approximately $1.5 million to build new.
If we chose to build a new elementary school and cafeteria, the possibility of other major renovations to CTE/Ag Facilities, Ag shop addition, and a new, secure playground would not be options due to costs extending beyond our bond capacity.
This proposal allows for other major renovations to the cafeteria and CTE/Ag facilities as well as an Ag shop addition. Also, this would allow for a compressed surface track to be added around relocated football field so that students would have a track to practice on, and not be running on City streets around the school. These things will enhance safety and security and the exterior appearance along with the overall functionality of the buildings.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE BOND DOES NOT PASS?
Cumby ISD will continue to put students first and take care of student and program needs with our current facilities. Preventative maintenance plans are in place to help extend the life of our buildings and facilities. We will also continue efforts to ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff. Projects will be prioritized for these things and completed when possible based on funds. As growth continues, if there are no classrooms available, more portables will be considered. Currently the Elementary is over capacity, with students in portables, and High School enrollment is increasing annually but does have room left for some growth. As student enrollment continues to increase 7 to 11 students annually, we will begin the process of the purchase and replacement of some portables if the bond proposal does not pass.
WHERE CAN I RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
All bond proposal information is on our website at www.cumbyisd.net or you may contact the Administration Office at (903) 994-2260. There are also pamphlets available with all information.