Local School Bond Issue Defeat Deflates School Officials

ROBINSON (November 6, 2013) Robinson ISD voters Tuesday said no to a proposed $21 million bond issue to replace the district’s half-century-old intermediate school.

The proposal failed by 84 votes.

A bond issue proposal was defeated in 2011, as well.

Robinson ISD Superintendent Mike Hope said Wednesday he did not have words to describe how he felt in the aftermath of the vote.

In a posting on the school district website, however, he thanked those who voted and expressed disappointment at the outcome.

“Our students deserve the opportunity to learn in modern facilities that support 21st century learning. We are disappointed with this detour to providing the best educational experience for those students. Our facility needs remain and the standards required of our children continue to increase. We will now examine the results of the election and determine the best course of action,” he said.

School Board President Ricky Turman said the defeat sends officials back to the drawing board.

“We are very disappointed and will re-evaluate where we are and where we are going,” he said.

The bond issue would have meant an annual tax increase of around $275 for the owner of a $100,000 house with a homestead exemption, but the amount of the increase would have dropped in subsequent years, the district said.

Robinson City Manager Robert Cervenka also expressed disappointment in the results of the vote, because of the importance of the school system to the suburb’s continued growth.

"I know Mike Hope and the School Board very well and I am confident they will get through this and try again,” he said.

The city is making progress on its efforts to improve infrastructure and attract business and industry to broaden its tax base.

The city, using its own resources, has repaired four-and-a-half miles of neglected streets, he says, in an ongoing project.

And he says the sale of a 650-acre site at Interstate 35 and Loop 340 to the Waco Industrial Foundation lays the groundwork for building a bigger tax base.

He said the foundation plans to develop an industrial park on the site over the next 10 years.

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