Travis GOP joins diverse coalition opposing school bonds


AUSTIN -- On the heels of a press conference (pictured) opposing an unnecessary, billion-dollar Austin ISD bond package, the Travis County Executive Committee voted at its October meeting to not only oppose the AISD debt but also two other local school district tax hikes.

Travis County GOP Steering Committee member Don Zimmerman, Outreach Director Mike Lee, and Precinct Chairmen Tori Moreland and James Ritter stood with a diverse coalition with a united mission to expose the AISD bond's flaws. Representatives from the Gray Panthers and LULAC were also present, as well as former Austin City Council and GOP Texas House candidate Michael Cargill.

Below is the pertinent text of each resolution as approved.


Resolution Opposing 2017 AISD Bond

Whereas Austin ISD is proposing a $1.05 billion school bond proposition to AISD voters on the November 2017 ballot; and

Whereas AISD enrollment has dropped every year since 2012 and is projected to fall by an additional 4,000 students in the next ten years; and

Whereas the property tax burden to the average homeowner to pay this bond debt is at least $250 a year for the average homeowner.

Be it resolved, the TCRP opposes the Nov. 7, 2017 one billion-dollar AISD bond proposition and encourages AISD voters to reject it. ...

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Resolution Opposing 2017 Leander ISD Bond

Whereas, LISD is asking for voter approval for a $453.9million bond proposal at this November’s election cycle; and

Whereas, LISD pays its teachers at the 2nd highest rate of all ISD in central Texas; and

Whereas, LISD is already taxing at $1.51 per $100 of home value (the highest ISD taxing rate in the central Texasarea); 

Be it Resolved, that Travis County Republicans urge those voters within LISD that live within Travis County to reject this bond proposal ...

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Resolution Against 2017 Lake Travis ISD School Bond

Be it resolved that the TCRP Executive Committee opposes the Nov. 7, 2017 [$258 million] LTISD Bond and encourages votes Against it. ...


Photo credit: James Ritter, Facebook.

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