[Winnsboro, TX, 14Aug2017]
The Board of Trustees of the
Winnsboro Independent School Board
met in a special meeting on Thursday, August 10 in the Winnsboro Middle School Library. A keynote discussion was agenda item number "6. Discussion – Facilities Committee Recommendation."
At that time, various public and community members of the Facilities Committee's presented an analysis and recommendation for future planning for the school district.
The board stated they will take the committee's recommendations under advisement and meet again in August for possible consideration of deciding whether or not to move forward with a bond proposal, an amount, a priorities list and any consideration and placing it before voters.
At this time, it is just an idea and in committee status; there is no official action other than committee collection of data and analysis, and presentation to the board.
FACILITY WORK SESSION
OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WINNSBORO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Memorial Middle School Library
August 15, 2017 6:00 p.m. [click here for official meeting notice]
1. Board Work Session
A. Consultation with David Mendez, bond counsel with Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, concerning the form of the election order, bond proposition and the conduct of officials during the potential bond election.
B. Consultation with Brian Grubbs, financial advisor with SAMCO, concerning the potential bond project.
C. Consultation with Steve Hulsey, WISD architect, concerning the potential bond project.
D. Consultation with John Hardy, attorney for Winnsboro ISD, concerning the potential bond project.
MORE DEMOGRAPHICS INFO COMING SOON.
If, and only if a bond proposal is sent to the voter of the DISTRICT, there are still remaining several steps, procedures and protocols to happen before the topic can get placed on any ballot. This also includes informative, factual and timely info to the public. Stay tuned for good information to be distributed as it comes in.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
As answered by editorial staff based on publicly available information (not written by school district)
Q: Would a potential bond be a city of Winnsboro citizens' vote?
A: No, this is a School District vote, a separate governing entity.
Q: Would a potential bond be a town or city project?
A: No, the area of the school district covers the whole district itself, about 170 square miles with a population of about 8,109, compared of that smaller geographic area of the city of Winnsboro itself, 3.7 square miles and a population of about 3,584. With that being said, it will affect and effect the city, to sustain it's school and keep and attract viable businesses and measured economic development. Additionally, not only rural and district citizens, but city officials and community citizens will become involved in the topic.
Q: Exactly what areas does the Winnsboro School district cover, geographically?
A: Winnsboro ISD covers portions of Wood, Hopkins and Franklin Counties in Texas.
Q. What is the current property tax rate for the school district?
A: $1.47 per $100 appraisal valuation; valuations are made in Wood, Hopkins and Franklin Counties.
Q: Does the School District set the appraisal valuation of property?
A: No, the Wood County Appraisal District sets the property valuation
Q: Does the Wood County Appraisal District set the tax rate of the school district?
A: No, the School District evaluates their potential overall income (revenue), and sets their budget accordingly for projected expenses. From these figures, the school district establishes a tax rate is proposed per $100 property valuation. They must have public hearings each year to established the tax rate.
Q: Does the School District collect the property taxes?
A: No, the Wood County Tax office collects the property taxes and remits them to each entity (county, schools, cities) under county approved measures and agreements, following state laws.
Q: What is the maximum allowed by law to increase the property tax rate?
A: This is where misinformation gets spread in a community. It is a maximum 50 CENTS, (not 50 percent), that the tax rate could increase by law, by procedure, by hearings and by a vote of the board of trustees, and by a vote of registered voters in the school DISTRICT. At the moment, the school district may not go for a 50 cent, but a lower amount ... possibly around 40 cents. That's what the board of trustees will be discussing, holding public hearings on and deciding.
Q: What impact does this mean for the average median priced property owner IN THE DISTRICT, if and ONLY if a bond was sent to voters and approved?
A: The average home value in the specified area is $80,000. The rate would MAYBE go from $1.47 to $1.87 per $100 valuation. This is computed as a 27% increase in taxes for the school district, NOT a double of taxation. That would be, on average, an increase of 87.67 CENTS a day, or the comparative cost for less than a DAILY cup of coffee.
Q. What impact does this mean for the average property owner in the future, if the voters fail the bond measure?
A. It delays needed repairs, upgrades and improvements to District facilities, pushing off the work to the future, with the average cost of construction rising 6% per year, the cost of doing the same program in 10 or 20 years may cost potentially $20 more than a proposed $43 campaign.
(Additional comments forthcoming).
Q. What impact would this mean for the WISD if a bond measure did not pass? It would also place the district in a position to continue waste dollars on repetitive maintenance, upkeep and patchwork repairs, with pressing issues on overcrowded classrooms, leaking roofs, dilapidated structures, poor utility efficiencies, and educational tools not keeping pace with the facilities that can't support new technologies.
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PRO OR CON, WITH FACTS AND RESOURCES TO
WHAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NEEDS
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The area outlined in red is the United States Post Office's boundaries for the 75494 zip code area (ALL addresses with Winnsboro, TX), roughly 227.7 square miles with 10,682 population.
The gray area outlined in black is the reported boundaries of the Winnsboro Independent School District, roughly 170 square miles, or estimated population of 8.109.
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