8-20-2013 Bond package looks like a go--1 cent for needed growth at core
by Ann Sutherland on 08/20/13
Staff worked the numbers to pare down a minimal bond package to accommodate the growth Fort Worth is experiencing and think they have come up with a base plan involving only a 1-cent tax hike (about $11 per year on the average house). This hopefully will take care of our enrollment growth.
Larger options including a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program would be offered to voters at additional cost. A third option involving new vehicles and music programs would be a third option.
Data needs to be checked to ensure that classrooms are available at all schools (we've had some problems with the data on this), and that the one-cent tax rate is a realistic estimate.
The vote will be Friday night. If all goes as hoped I will support the package, even though I earlier said it was coming too soon.