Early voting underway for Denison school bond issue

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Information flyers have been sent all over Denison by the school district, and you can find "Vote Yes" signs throughout town.

However voters are split on voting for or against the upcoming school bond.

"I'm voting against it. I don't think there's a reason to raise our property taxes any more," said Jess Bain, who is against the bond.

"We have an obligation to the kids to provide them with the best educational opportunity that we can. Temporary classrooms, oversized classes are not the solution," said Dave Maddox, who plans on voting in favor of the bond.

The school bond totals $20.8 million, and if the bond passes, the school will pay for it with a 1.9 cent property tax increase.

The funds will be used to add and renovate classrooms, cafeterias, and parking at Hyde Park and Mayes Elementary Schools.

Denison ISD superintendent Dr. Henry Scott says the two schools are growing at a rate of 8% each year, and portable classroom buildings at Hyde Park aren't the long term solution.

"Its security. We've set up a secure system there, but when kids go to the restroom, somebody's got to take them inside the main building. It's just not a good solution, certainly not a long term solution," said Dr. Scott.

The bond will cost a homeowner just over $33 per year on a home worth $200,000.

But with a recent property tax decrease handed down by the legislature, that same home would still see an over all property tax decrease of just over $160 per year.

"The school district does need more money to enhance the education of our children, and I agree with that. I just don't believe raising property taxes is the way to get it," said Bain.

"Not only is it essential for the kids, its essential for the future growth of Denison," said Maddox.

Early voting will end on Friday, but you can head to the polls on Election Day, November 5th