Archer City, Texas -
Archer City Independent School District officials are asking its district residents to consider a bond in the upcoming November election.
ACISD School Board President Jill Dunkel says the district is in the middle of a golden window that would help make improvements to the district's facilities at a lower cost for taxpayers.
Dunkel says the city's new wind farms are presenting them with an opportunity to capitalize on their tax value.
For example, she says if a bond were to pass for the construction of a new school, because of the wind farm's tax value, they would pay about 25% of the total cost.
On Tuesday evening, district officials provided residents with information as to what a bond might consist of.
They presented bond options that would include new bleachers in the gym, technology upgrades, a turf football field, new buses and renovations to the restrooms.
The minimal plan would include minor improvements to the junior high, high school building.
For a home valued at $100,000, that would be an increase in property taxes of about $2.50 a month.
The middle of the road plan includes major renovations to the junior high, high school building and would increase property taxes by $10 a month.
Lastly, the biggest bond option would include the construction of a new high school, the demolition of the current one and it would increase taxes up to $20 on a $100,000 home.
Some district resident's like Bobby Kinnaman say a bond would help secure a better future for Archer City ISD students.
"When it comes to your kids, the price tag, that shouldn't matter," Kinnaman says. "If it's going to help be safer, a better school and everything like that then a little bit higher taxes shouldn't matter."
In addition, Dunkel says, "We call it a golden window because of their values now. They will be depreciating over time and if they depreciate, then the burden would rise on our local taxpayers."
Residents voted which of the three plans, if any, they would vote for in the November election.
The ACISD school board will use those results to come up with a plan.
Dunkel says if they want a bond to be on the November election, they'll have to make a decision by Aug 18.
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