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Electra Residents To Vote On School Bond In May Election

During the upcoming May election, Electra residents will have an opportunity to vote on a bond to fund the construction of a new high school.
During the upcoming May election, Electra residents will have an opportunity to vote on a bond to fund the construction of a new high school.

Electra Independent School District Superintendent Scott Hogue says three year ago, the district formed a committee to assess its facilities.

Hogue says the committee recommended the district combine its junior and high school students into one building.

Also, the committee recommended the district look into a bond election to build a new high school.

Hogue says it is the perfect opportunity to do that. 

The current Electra High School was built in 1926 and Hogue says it has its limitations including ADA accessibility. 

He says the new high school would be built next to the current one.

The bond is worth $11,980,000.

Hogue says $1,230,000 of that money would go to elementary school renovations like safety and security upgrades.

On a home valued at $75,000, a homeowner's property taxes would increase by $140 a year or $15 dollars as month but the increase won't impact all residents.

"The main thing we want to get out there is all our 65 and older people who've filled out the homestead exemption, their taxes will not increase at all," Hogue says. "Their taxes, their property taxes, are frozen on their homestead."

In addition, Hogue says the current high school building would become the district's administration building. 

The bond election will be on May 10.

To learn more about the proposed Electra bond, click here.

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