Lockhart voters have a multi-million dollar decision on their ballot


2-ROBERT:LOCKHART VOTERS HAVE A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DECISION ON THEIR BALLOT. 2-SYDNEY:SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS ARE ASKING THEM TO APPROVE A 92-MILLION DOLLAR BOND PACKAGE. THER’S SOME OPPOSITION.THE NEWEST MEMBER OF KXA’S REPORTING TEAM – TAHERA RAHMAN – JOINS US LIVE FROM LOCKHART. TAHERA:ROBERT… SYDNEY…. THIS IS THE SECOND BOND PROPOSAL HERE FOR LOCKHART SCHOOLS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS… SUPPORTERS SAY I’S NEEDED TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROWTH. THE LAST ESTIMATE IN 2014 PUT THE DISTRICT AT ABOUT 5,600 STUDENTS FOR THIS YEAR… THE’VE SURPASSED THAT NUMBER BY MORE THAN 600. NOW, THEY EXPECT ANOTHER 1,200 NEW STUDENTS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. TONY ANDRIC, OPPOSES BOND”WE ARE GROWING, WE DO NEED NEW CLASSROOMS, THA’S AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH. HOWEVER, THEY DO’T NEED TO BE HOWEVER, THEY DO’T NEED TO BE 50 MILLION DOLLAR SCHOOLS.” HE – AND OTHERS IN CALDWELL COUNTY – WORRY ABOUT THE TAX INCREASE.I’S 8 CENTS PER 100-DOLLARS VALUATION SO, FOR A HOME VALUED AT JUST OVER 100- THOUSAND DOLLARS, THIS BOND WOULD MEAN AN INCREASE OF 80-DOLLARS A YEAR.A SPOKESPERSON FOR LOCKHART SCHOOLS SAYS I’S A SHORT-TERM INVESTMENT… TO UNLOCK STATE MONEY.CHRISTINA LOCKHART SCHOOLS SPOKESPERSON”IN 2021, WHEN THE STATE FUNDING FOR NEW FACILITIES ALLOTMENT KICKS BY APPROXIMATELY 8 CENTS BACK PER $100.” A COMMITTEE OF PARENTS, EDUCATORS AND BUSINESS OWNERS PUT THE PACKAGE THEY SAY THE MONEY WOULD GO TOWARDS THINGS LIKE SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS AND BUILDING UPGRADES ACROSS ALL SCHOOLS. THER’S ALSO INTEREST IN MORE LAND FOR AN AG SCIENCE FACILITY. TAHERA:THER’S AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THE BOND PROPOSAL RIGHT HERE AT THE EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTER. THAT STARTS IN ABOUT A HALF HOUR AT 6:30. LIVE IN LOCKHART, TAHERA RAHMAN, KXAN NEWS.

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