Same work lies ahead – communities need to be part of the roll-out of the bond. We will just have to be a little louder than we would have been if it had failed.
It is SUPER IMPORTANT that groups talk with each other and start connecting! Good community oversight and input is necessary to ensure limited tax payer money is used wisely, and to ensure that as many students as possible benefit from the bond.
Don’t know where to start? Start with the form on the homepage. And, keep an eye on this site. I hope to start listing active community groups here.
The Parsons Report is a Facility Condition Index (FCI) study done for DISD in 2013 by the Parsons Engineering Group. They went to every campus and property owned by DISD and calculated the FCI for the overall site and for main parts (site, buildings, gyms, cafeterias).
About the FCI numbers:
The FCI is a ratio (%) comparing what it would cost to restore a facility to top condition compared to the cost of replacing the facility. The closer the cost of repair gets to the cost of replacement, the higher the FCI percentage number. High is bad, low is good.
The Future Facilities Task Force (FFTF) was a Board-approved committee tasked with evaluating the facility needs of DISD. It was comprised of 26 members. Each Trustee appointed one member, and the other 17 were a mix of architects, chamber reps, business leaders, and DISD principals. The proposed bond plan is assumed to be based upon their recommendations.
See the Documents page for information from the FFTF committee meetings.
Below are links to the video record of FFTF presentations to the Board of Trustees.
This workshop is a presentation to the Board of Trustees by the FFTF and a Board discussion of the FFTF’s proposed timeline for the Bond Election.
- To see the Video, Go to Meeting Index tab, Item 4, timestamp 86:00
- PDF for presentation
- To see the video, go to Meeting Index tab, Item 4A
- PDF for presentation
Not really. It’s such a big ask – $1.6Billion. The only feasible way to keep the rate the same and still pay all of that off is to stretch out the debt 40 years. Or requires a balloon payment of 1/2 the debt in 20 years. More info on the tax plan here. Either way, the kids you are building for today get to foot the bill tomorrow.
That said, the most likely scenario is that the tax rate will indeed go up. The language on the ballot gives permission to do so. The Board can vote to raise the taxes at anytime after the bond passes.
Because that’s what the Dallas Regional Chamber said would pass. The Chamber did a survey which showed people would only vote for a bond if it didn’t raise their taxes.
So, DISD is telling voters what they want to hear – and coming up with crazy plans to “prove” the claim – so that you will vote for it. Once it is passed, they can do what they want.
That’s an excellent question! You should stop right now and zip your trustee an email with that question.
As far as I know, here are the options:
- Bond doesn’t fund. All those new schools, Pre-K classrooms, CTE programs and choice schools promised? Plans will change and a lot of that won’t happen.
- Board of Trustees will raise taxes. They have the power to do that.
Can the Board take away or change the homestead exemption? The exemption is set by the state, though the Board has the option to offer an alternative exemption of 10% of total value.
In fact, there is a constitutional change proposal sharing the ballot with the bond in November that wants to raise the exemption. It’s based on two pieces of legislation that passed in the last session (SB1 & SJR 1). If DISD has not already withdrawn the 10% alternative exemption, they won’t be able to until 2020 if this passes:
It will raise the school tax homestead exemption from $10K to $25K and also limits school districts on how they recoup the lost income. I am not clear yet on how that may affect bond issuances. I’ll try to find that out, but in the meantime, here is a good summary of this by Texas A&M: https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/articles/research-article/property-tax-legislation-2015
You can also read more about the Tax for the Proposed Bond…