Bonds today mean taxes tomorrow. We think EISD voters know that bonds must be repaid by taxes and even though the tax rate has been unchanged since 2011, rising property values have meant bigger tax bills for Eanes taxpayers. The School District predicts higher values this year and in years to come and is gambling on those higher values and higher taxes to pay for this bond. In summary, even though the tax RATE remains unchanged, tax BILLS are going up to pay for this bond.
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SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS
EISD has issued a preliminary deficit reduction plan that places the burden on teachers. In the last 15 years, EISD has added 140 employees (14%) at an estimated cost of $5.1 million with less than 2% resident student growth. 80% of the employees added are outside the classroom and amount to $4.0 million of the increase. Tell EISD to reduce the bureaucracy first and teachers last. Vote No on the Bond to say you want your money spent on our teachers and kids, not bureaucracy and buildings.
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LUXURIES and WASTE
Eanes can’t afford to operate all the buildings it already has. This bond only makes matters worse by spending $12.5 million or 25% of the bond to expand or repurpose existing space or build new buildings that will add operating costs and drain money from the classroom. Does it make sense to build more and add to the problem? We don’t think so. With our current financial situation new buildings are luxuries and their operating costs waste money that could be spent in the classroom. Vote No on the Bond to say no to unnecessary buildings and costs.
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Citizens for Academic Excellence in Eanes (CAEE) is a group of District patrons that have long supported our schools. CAEE has monitored the District’s financial situation over the years with a goal of working to insure fiscal responsibility. CAEE opposed bond issues in 1998, 2010 and 2014. CAEE has supported or not opposed bond issues in 2001, 2006 and 2011. We believe that our analysis and opposition efforts have assisted Eanes ISD in avoiding financial and construction mistakes. We appreciate the past support of Eanes ISD patrons and look forward to engaging in debates over our District’s future to insure the high quality education for which Eanes ISD has become known. If you are interested in helping please join the conversation on Facebook.