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FINAL: Voters decidedly reject $88.5 million Bastrop schools bond

NOVEMBER 7, 2017

You can never let your guard down - Have no fear, they will be back in May 2018 

The County of Bastrop HAS raised the property tax for 2018
The City of Bastrop HAS raised the property tax for 2018
The Bastrop Independent School District HAS raised the property tax for 2018
The Bastrop Apprasial District has raised property values thru the roof !!!!
You did not get a vote and they could care less if you lose you home because you can no longer afford the taxes.
ARE YOU SEEING RED YET? 
The only control you have is with the bond elections
You can VOTE NO to this tax increase and that is the BISD $88 million dollar bond. 

VOTE NO BISD BOND TAX INCREASE

BISD IS BACK WITH AN
 $88 MILLION DOLLAR BOND



MURRAY AND HIS INNER CIRCLE OF "GOOD OLE BOYS AND GIRLS"
ARE BACK WITH YET ANOTHER BOND ELECTION.

 You knew they will keep coming back until they wear the taxpayers down
  That is the way it is in Austin and we don't want to become Austin. If you think Bastrop has enough population, sprawl and urban blight, this is the only thing you can do. 
Don't let them wear you down
KEEP BASTROP, BASTROP

Merry Christmas Bastrop


Bastrop is one of the Highest Taxed Countys in the NATION ! 
YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT.

READ WHAT YOUR FELLOW TAXPAYERS HAVE TO SAY - SOME ARE GOING TO MOVE AWAY LIKE THEY ARE DOING IN AUSTIN!!!

"Bastrop County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States !"

"The average yearly property tax paid by Bastrop County residents amounts to about 3.74% of their yearly income. Bastrop County is ranked 301st of the 3143 counties for property taxes as a percentage of median income."  

Even the Austin ISD has a lower tax rate than BISD   
"Total Tax Rate $1.192/$100 valuation"  Bastrop ISD Proposed Tax Rate $1.46/$100    What is wrong with this picture? 

VOTE NO IN NOVEMBER - YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT - STOP THE URBAN SPRAWL FROM DESTROYING BASTROP COUNTY LIKE OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE WEST.  

FOR THE KIDS

This is what is in store for the "Kids," BISD already has one of the highest per capita ISD debt in the State.
Check it out for yourself

Bastrop ISD Debt - 15 Campuses
- 10,864 students-$301,913,598
Current Bond Debt=
$27,790 bond debt per student


The "fat cats" want to add $88 million to the debt at a  .xxxx  tax increase.

BASTROP ISD, CITY OF BASTROP AND BASTROP COUNTY are increasing property taxes along with an astronomical rise of property values.

WHERE IS THE $$ THE NEW RESIDENTS WERE SUPPOSED TO BRING IN?
GROWTH IS SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR ITSELF, RIGHT?

ASK AUSTIN TAXPAYERS HOW WELL GROWTH HAS LOWERED THEIR TAXES.


How is your credit?

BISD debt is a whopping $302 million now.

We don't pay off our current bonds. We just keep refinancing them making huge profits for the developers, bankers and those buying the tax free municipal bonds !

Many think Austin ISD's debt it outrageous, Compare BISD to AISD.  Bastrops ' bond debt is nearly three times greater per student than Austin.

(2016 figures - updates coming)

Austin ISD Debt - 130 Campuses - 82,766 students -  $.1,176,762,250 Bond Debt  
$14,217  bond debt per student 

Bastrop ISD Debt - 15 Campuses* - 10,864 students-
$301,912,792 Bond Debt
$27,790  bond debt per student




The BISD numbers fail to mention the REAL cost of the tax increase.

THERE IS NO TAX RATE ON THE BALLOT
YOU HAVE TO TRUST THE BISD BOARD AND 
SUPERTENDENT MURRAY. 

 BISD says it will cost  xxx cents a hundred.  Is that the truth? Is that the amount at "Full Funding?" 

THEIR FIGURES ARE BOGUS. 
In the example THE VALUE YOUR $143,079 (Last tax election go it was $144,017)  No one knows how much your home will appraise for in the coming years.  YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER YOUR APPRAISAL VALUE. YOUR TAXES COULD SKYROCKET LIKE THEY HAVE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

YOU DON'T HAVE ANY SAY AS THEY PREPARE TO TAX YOU RIGHT OUT OF YOUR HOME.  

BISD is no "Bird Nest on the Ground"  BISD's tax rate is 24 cents higher than Austin ISD's rate    REALLY?  WHY?


Economically Disadvantaged? 2016

From BISD's own website - In 2016 BISD proclaimed the student population is 68.09%
"Economically Disadvantaged"
NOW THEY REPORT 69.77% ARE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED
What shape will they be in when they are hit each year with
astronomical rises in property values and
increases in property taxes?
Even if you don't own property you WILL pay the increase $ on retail and rentals.


This is a case of the top 1% preying on the rest of us.

Campus Data & Enrollment Fall 2015 

 Colorado River Collegiate Academy 107 

 Bastrop High School 1,348 

 Bastrop Middle School 707 

 Cedar Creek High School 1,438 

 Cedar Creek Middle School 836 

 Bastrop Intermediate School 705 

 Cedar Creek Intermediate School 802 

 Mina Elementary School 543 

 Emile Elementary School 584 

 Red Rock Elementary School 726 

 Cedar Creek Elementary School 786 

 Bluebonnet Elementary School 839 

 Lost Pines Elementary School 736 

 Genesis High School 74 

 Gateway D.A.E.P. School 47 

 Total 10,278


 Ethnic Composition 
2016
 Hispanic 62.83% 
 Anglo 28.96% 
 African American 4.79% 
 Two or more 2.61% 
 Asian 0.47% 
 American Indian 0.31% 
 Hawaiian 0.03% 

Bastrop ISD 

 % Economically Disadvantaged 68.09% 

June 2017

39 million households are paying more for housing than they can afford  


Economically Disadvantaged? 2017

From BISD's own website 
 In 2016 BISD proclaimed the student population is 68.09%     
"Economically Disadvantaged"
 
NOW THEY REPORT 69.77% ARE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED
EVEN MORE A ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTEAGED THEN WHEN THE CAME AFTER US THE LAST TIME.
VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!!

Campus Data & Enrollment

 Bastrop High School 1,321

 Cedar Creek High School 1,414

 Colorado River Collegiate Academy 157

 Genesis High School 38

 Gateway DAEP School 67

 Bastrop Middle School 751

 Cedar Creek Middle School 851

 Bastrop Intermediate School 735

 Cedar Creek Intermediate School 867

 Bluebonnet Elementary School 811

 Cedar Creek Elementary School 782

 Emile Elementary School 629

 Lost Pines Elementary School 767

 Mina Elementary School 642

 Red Rock Elementary School 691

 Total 10,523

Ethnic Composition
 Hispanic 64.63%
 Anglo 27.42%
 African American 4.49%
 Two or more 2.72%
 Asian 0.46%
 American Indian 0.25%
 Hawaiian 0.03%


WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVE TO SAY

"BHS is not falling apart. Maintenance does need to be done here and there but the classrooms are fine. The hallways have always been crowded. Go into any high school and its the same thing. I went to BHS my entire high school career. Its better now than it was then. Have you seen their cafeteria? All the tables aren't even filled and they have 2 or 3 lunch schedules. There would be more bathrooms in BHS had they not expanded the teacher's workroom to include the A Hallway second set of bathrooms. CCHS is only half finished. Half! You are absolutely correct, why did CCHS need a bigger stadium than what BHS has? How much did that cost tax payers? Better yet, why is there 100 acres of land that barely anyone knows about that BISD has ownership of? 100 acres!!! Do you know how much that would sell for?"

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 No. The school district has already adopted a budget for the next fiscal year that will the school district said will raise the average homeowner’s tax bill $285 next year. You add that to the appraisal district’s astronomical property appraisal and you have a recipe that will tax the average homeowner out of their homes if a bond of almost 100 million dollars is approved.

"We lost our home because we could not afford the taxes on one income. Due to health issues I cannot work and can not get any help. We had to sell our home at a fraction of what we paid just so we would have a little money to try and find something. From a little over an acre to a trailer park, now tell me how raises taxes will help. BISD failed my children when they went there! I have no faith whatsoever in the schools. They built the new stadium that sits empty most of the time. Admins get more and more while we get less and less. I used to love Bastrop county, now I'm just glad we are getting out of here."
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"We just moved here to escape big city/lousy infrastructure Austin to blend in with Bastropian small town life...the local townies are great....watched life in NYC, Chicago, Sarasota and Austin go south with endless growth and suburban tentacles... we know that Bastrop is on the clock.

Taxation and school expansion will accelerate the town's demise...vote no for bonds that will bring the Austin exodus and Californication here faster...

Look at moronic investment by town council in a marketing firm to make us a tourist destination...if you want to see how that turns out hold your nose and watch Michael Moore's excellent documentary "Roger and Me"

"BISD needs to do like the rest of us and tighten their belt when times are lean...what did the football stadium on 21 cost? That money would fix a lot of stuff in a lot of places. High School football players don’t need to play in a giant stadium."

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 "Last bond package that passed, they manipulated the students. My son came home begging me to vote for it and I did. Then they built a new HS in CC and a GIANT stadium. Also the performing arts building. The had a chance to fix BHS and didn't. This tax rate is higher than Austin! I say nooooooooo."
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 I think we all want the best education possible for the children of Bastrop Co. but if people can't afford the tax increase, they simply can't afford it. No amount of touring the schools is going to change that.
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 My taxes are going through the roof. I just retired. At this rate I'll have to move to a cheaper county. Hell no I'm not voting for this. I never had kids and I am tired of paying high property taxes so other peoples kids can get bad educations, meanwhile I have a lesser quality life. Screw you Bastrop!!!



Why the Proposed Bastrop School District Tax Increases Hurt All of Us

By Howard Nemorov  City of Bastrop Taxpayer  15 Oct 2017

This research from last year remains as valid as BISD's desire to increase our taxes AND debt with their bond election. BISD is already "battling with the big boys," carrying as much debt as large, urban school districts. BISD is already 1/3 of a billion dollars in debt.

As for exempt taxpayers (e.g. over age 65) keep this in mind when voting: You WILL pay more property tax. Businesses have no homestead exemptions, so their taxes increase the most. In order to keep their doors open, they must pass along these increased expenses via their prices for goods and services. YOU PAY BUSINESS'S PROPERTY TAXES.

Increased property taxes hit fixed income persons the worst (e.g. wage and salary earners, retirees), cutting into your ever-shrinking discretionary income. How long can you deal with this local inflationary pressure before you're taxed out of your home?

Vote NO on higher taxes. Vote NO on bond measures.

Click here to download and read my research paper at SSRN, link below.  


OVER 65?       
No problem
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Guess  those supporting the bonds failed to mention  businesses in the BISD will see the increase too.  You can bet they will pass the increase on to you. EVERY BUSINESS IN BASTROP ISD PAYS SCHOOL TAX. THEY WILL PASS IT ON TO YOU WHETHER YOU OWN PROPERTY OR NOT! 

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TAX RATES SOARING 2018

The $88 Million Dollar Bond is not the only tax increase you will see in the near future.

The Ballot - Pretty clean !!!!!

Doesn't say much, because the fix is in

The Fine Print - In the Bastrop Advertiser  on the 14th of October. Just 9 days before early voting.

The Fine Print

The Board be authorized to levy and pledge, and cause to be assessed and collect, annual ad valorem taxes on all taxable property in the District sufficient, WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO RATE OR AMOUNT (emphasis nobisdbonds) to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds and any other costs. 

VOTE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY VOTE NO BISD BONDS

What Does "Vote For BISD" Mean?
Do You See Any Mention Of A Tax?

Don't let the local bankers and their developoer, bankers, contractiors, bond sellers and bond holders wear you down.
VOTE NO ON NOVEMBER 7TH 

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TAXPAYER GUIDE TO PROPERTY TAXATION

June 16, 2016by Ross Kecseg
CATEGORY: AROUND TEXAS, FEATURED ARTICLES

The simple truth about property taxes is that local officials—not appraisal boards—control how much your tax bill increases. Unless they vote to lower tax rates every September to adequately offset rising property values, Texans will pay higher taxes.

ELECTION DETAILS/DATES

BASTROP COUNTY VOTING SCHEDULE
FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017 ELECTIONS

 Bastrop Courthouse Annex Bldg., 804 Pecan St., Lower Level, Conference Rm, Bastrop
 Bastrop High School, 1614 Chambers St., Bastrop
 Smithville City Hall, 317 Main St., Smithville
 Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, 5630 FM 535, Cedar Creek
 Cedar Creek High School, 793 Union Chapel Rd., Cedar Creek
 Elgin Public Library, 404 N. Main St., Elgin

BASTROP COUNTY PROPERTY TAX RATE 2017

Bastrop County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, and is ranked 336th of the 3143 counties in order of median property taxes.

BASTOP PLAYING LOOSE     WITH THE FAQ'S ?

 When​ ​was​ ​last​ ​time​ ​Bastrop​ ​ISD​ ​had​ ​a​ ​bond​ ​election?"
It has been nine years since BISD held a bond election. In May 2007, the voters approved ?bond election for $97.72 million.

Bastrop school voters reject $75 million bond, 13-cent tax