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EMS ISD voters approve 2017 bond proposal

EMS ISD Bond 2017 logo

 

Bond funds will address growth, safety, standardization & equity; tax rate will remain the same

 

On the November 7 General Election, voters in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD approved the district’s $524.7 million bond proposal by more than 2:1, with 68.30 percent of voters in favor of the proposition. More than half of the bond will be used to accommodate future growth, with a portion of that money earmarked for the district’s fourth comprehensive high school.

 

“We thank our voters for their support and for recognizing that we need to plan today to be prepared for the students who arrive tomorrow,” said Dr. Jim F. Chadwell, Superintendent. "We thank the members of our bond steering committee for putting together a package that addresses student enrollment growth while also maintaining the investment in our existing facilities. Most important, we appreciate the trust our community has in their school district to effectively plan for growth and manage finances in preparation for the future."

 

In addition to growth, the 2017 bond funds will be used to address safety and security across the district, to replace aging and inadequate systems and facilities, and to create standardization and equity among facilities and programs. Some of the proposed projects in the bond package include:  

  • High School #4 
  • Purchasing land for future school sites to accommodate growth 
  • Security camera upgrades 
  • Controlled vestibules with access controls 
  • A replacement school for Wayside Middle School  
  • Facility updates across the district 
  • Athletic renovations at Boswell and Saginaw high schools 
  • Playground covers 
  • Funding for new natatorium in partnership with YMCA

A complete list of proposed projects can be found on the 2017 bond website at www.emsisdbond.com.

 

The 2017 bond program will have $0 impact to the existing school district tax rate. According to Jim Schiele, Chief Financial Officer for the district, this is possible due to growth in taxable values and sound financial management, which has created enough bonding capacity to be able to issue future bonds for these projects within the existing tax rate. As a result, the EMS ISD total tax rate will remain at $1.54 per $100 of property valuation.

 

A summary of voting results are shown below: 

 

 

Absentee Voting

Early Voting

Election Day*

Totals*

% Votes

# Votes

% Votes

# Votes

% Votes

# Votes

% Votes

# Votes

FOR

65.82%

 52

 77.14%

722 

62.13% 

812 

68.30% 

 1,586

AGAINST

34.18%

 27

22.86% 

214

37.87% 

495

 31.70%

736

Note:  These numbers are based on preliminary results reported by Tarrant County on 11/7/17

* Totals from 20 of 20 precincts reporting