VOTE NO BISD BOND TAX INCREASE
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
"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.
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.
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
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?
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
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
"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?"
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."
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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!
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
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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