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Colmesneil bond issue frees up $275,00 in revenue, benefits district, teachers and students

Tyler County Booster

Colmesneil residents were split in their decision over whether or not to pass two bonds to raise homeowners taxes on homestead property, and consolidate and refinance two different building loans. Proposition one did pass in May, 2011. Proposition one: For the issuance of $1,725,000 of unlimited tax bonds to refund outstanding maintenance tax debt obligations pursuant to Texas Government Code Chapter 1207 and levying against the tax in payment thereof. According to superintendent Stacy Ackley, the passing of proposition one took care of 4 of the 5 debts and was the larger of the two, freeing up approximately $275,000 in revenue. “The passing of this bond will allow us to continue to offer educational opportunities and programs to our students that attend Colmesneil schools,” said Ackley. “I really cannot express my thanks enough. This could not have happened without teacher support and the hard work that the teachers put into making this happen. “I would really like to thank the community for attending the town meetings and taking the opportunity to discuss school finance and why the bond was needed. The I/S tax rate will be set at .06 cents for this year making the total tax rate $1.10. This allowed the district to spend $277,000 on educational needs and programs that would not exist without the passage of proposition one.” Ackley went on to say the school board is planning to maintain a budget of $160,000 and use the fund balance for the next five years to maintain current standards. Colmesneil ISD attendance is the biggest contributing factor to the financial struggles it has faced in the past few years. Student enrollment is in decline as Colmesneil graduates class sizes in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s, but is bringing in kindergarten class sizes of around 25 students. According to school officials, Lake Tejas had a successful year and has provided the school district with funds to help upgrade some facilities. “This year due to the success of Lake Tejas, we are putting in a new concession stand and bathrooms at the football and baseball field, have repaired restrooms in the 60’s wing, and poured a curb around the track to keep it from deteriorating any further,” said Ackley. “Many of our community members use the track and we want to continue to keep it maintained for the school and the community.” This year we are currently planning a Fall Festival for October 31 from 6-8pm here at the school. It will be a night of fun, games and food. Everyone is invited.

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