Voters react to Pottsboro ISD's $58.7 million bond election

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POTTSBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- With only one more day of early voting and election day next week, Pottsboro taxpayers are sharing their thoughts on the $58.7 million school bond election.

As you drive down FM 120 in Pottsboro, election signs fill the side of the road. Some voters are supporting the school bond.

"We need to do it now, because the interest rates are low and the growth is coming," voter Kory Deaton said.

Others are not.

"They're trying to sell us a Cadillac when all we need is a Chevrolet," Drue Bynum said as he described what is on his "no" signs.

Drue Bynum has two kids in Pottsboro schools right now. He said the two bonds at $58.7 million total is just too much money for a city this size, without enough planning in place.

"It's like maxing out a credit card, it may feel good at the time, but the repercussions can last a lot longer than that," Bynum said.

Pottsboro ISD administrators said they have been growing at about three percent every year and their elementary and middle school buildings are at capacity.

"It's busy, the hallways are packed," Deaton said.

To address that, the school proposed two bond measures.

The first is for $54.7 million and includes $27 million to build a new elementary school, $15.6 million to turn the old elementary into an extension of the middle school and $12.1 million for projects like dual-purpose storm shelters, athletic facility renovations, technology upgrades and high school additions.

It would cost the average homeowner an extra roughly $31 a month.

The second proposition is a $4 million bond to build a multipurpose building that would serve as an indoor practice facility for all sports.
For the average home, this would add a monthly tax increase of a little more than $3.

Voter Kory Deaton went to Pottsboro schools just like his kids do now.
He said this tax hike is worth it.

"In my opinion, the renovation to the school, the multipurpose building as well, those are all needs we have," Deaton said.

The bonds will be voted on separately. Early voting ends Friday and election day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.