Bells ISD taking $7.25 Million bond to voters

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

BELLS, TX - Students in bells may soon see some improvements to their school. Bells Independent School District is asking for a $7.25 million dollar bond.

Residents got the chance to voice their opinions about the issue and Mystic Matthews has more.

The school board decided Monday night take the bond to the taxpayers. Bells ISD officials say they need the money in order to update their existing schools.

They explained why they need residents help to make it happen. Neighbors who attended the meeting all wanted to know more about the proposed bond.

It will go to vote in May of this year and if it passes, the money will go toward building new classrooms, a new gym and adding on to what is already there.

The money will also be used to install a state of the art security system.

Bells Superintendent Joe Moore says if the bond passes, taxes would go up, but at most, 18 cents.

Moore says the increase would be worth it in the long run. "About 8 classrooms in portable buildings and we're to the point that we either have to spend money on portable buildings or build facilities."

Bells resident Jerry Powers says, “I think this will be a good thing for Bells. I thing it will be good for our growth. And I think as I city continues to grow it will be good for us."

Moore says if the bond passes in May, construction could start as early as June and the facilities could be complete by fall of 2009.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Bells on Apr 30, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Public Schools can not charge tuition, except for those that live out of district. However, the school still receives just as much money for out of district kids that attend our school as we do in district kids. So, Bells does not charge tuition/transfer fees. Taxes are the only viable way public schools have to improve facilities, unless someone makes a very nice donation. The planned additions and upgrades are not about growth, but getting our facilities to reasonable levels. We have postponed improvements for too long. Our kids and staff deserve better
  • by Amy Location: Bells on Mar 17, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    Cat, I don't see why other people should be forced to pay more taxes for your child's education. And I don't see what portable buildings and larger gyms have to do with getting a better education! If you think your child's education is more important than a "small" tax increase, then maybe the public school should start charging tuition to help make ends meet. I have kids myself, but I homeschool them and don't expect other taxpayers to foot the bill for their education!
  • by Cat Location: Bells on Mar 15, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    People need to drive to the other districts and towns the same size as Bells at look at their schools. The students of Bells need and deserve a new Band Hall, more classrooms(to get ride of the portables) and a gym that will hold all of the people who attend volleyball and basketball games. People need to come and look at the building before they judge. I plan on voting YES in May and encourage others to also. My daughters education is more important than a small tax increase. (Someone needs to check the figures which will soon be posted on the web page) I can't put a price on my child's future. Can You?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    almost sounds like bells is trying to keep up with the Jones's or is it the Dallas Cowboys
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    why would a town of less that how many 2000 people need a 7 million dollar bond Bells Texas does not need that much money for a new school track or what ever it is
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM
  • by Resident Location: Bells on Mar 14, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    Why are people so dead-set to making this town "grow". I agree the school needs improvement, but what makes our town what it is, is the small town. We know each other and we look out for each other. Big cities are numbers, crowds, traffic, noise, pollution, and crime. Bells isn't like that...and that's why we live here. Continued growth may see many long time residents leave.
  • by Anonymous Location: Bells on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    What do they mean, 18 cents? 18 cents for every $100 of your home's tax value? That's an extra $300 per year for me!! "Just" 18 cents? Phooey!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2008 at 09:23 PM
    18 cents today then next year it will be more people cant pay taxes as it is
  • by x on Mar 13, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    taxes are high now as it is . if people are smart they will vote no but then again its bells lol
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