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EPISD postpones talk of possible $242M bond measure

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EPISD board of trustees discussing bond complaints in this file photo.

UPDATE: Action on this item has now been delayed until a future meeting. No presentation or discussion will take place Tuesday, the item has been withdrawn from the agenda.

ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso Independent School District trustees will meet Tuesday to consider placing on the November ballot a new bond measure that would total nearly $250 million.

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District officials say this bond is a continuation of their strategic plan to prioritize schools and create an active learning environment.

This bond proposal would come on the heels of a 2016 bond which was valued at $668 million. That bond addressed approximately half of the district's facility needs, according to officials.

District officials say the intent of this bond is to modernize school buildings with a focus on refrigerated air conditioning, security upgrades and energy efficient lighting.

District officials also want to equip EPISD high schools with renovated athletic facilities and refund maintenance tax-notes for the renovation of El Paso High School.

District six trustee Freddy Klayel-Avalos on Monday evening indicated he had a negative take on this proposal.

"I will be voting no for it," he explained. "I understand there are some very important AC and ventilation issues that are required throughout the district and I will be (focused on) finding an alternate revenue source to take care of them."

He indicated he didn't feel now was the right time for a bond measure.

"I think the economic climate and the health issue is really something that is driving the community to feel that a bond right now would be a burden to a community that is going through an economic downturn," Klayel Avalos said.

You can examine below the presentation from the administration recommending the bond item that will be presented at the EPISD board meeting Tuesday.

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40 Comments

  1. They must be putting us on! We gave them something like 3/4 of a BILLION dollars just a couple of years ago and they want another 242 million? The sad part about this is that the voters will be dumb enough to give it to them!

    1. As a taxpayer K1, you should know that we are paying for NY to house thousands of homeless in the most expensive hotels. de blah blah is rounding them up and putting them there. New Yorkers are not paying, its everyone else that pays taxes. The RITZ has now become the SHITZ.

  2. No one worry about the K1dummys. Old useless white farts don’t pay into the taxation system abymore. But have a gaping white mouth leftover. lol.

    1. What alberto pedo muerto? Don’t you like your accommodations at the section 8 apartments provided to you by courtesy of us old white guys? Simple. Go back across the river and eat uxcrement.

  3. How many millions go into feeding the white k1dprs? Paying for their malingering insurance claims. Wiping their dirty white asses? They are definitely a burden in the American taxpayer!

      1. Fero, Who the hell is alberto pedo muerto talking to in ITs senseless rants? It is always talking about we and paying millions to white folks and on and on. Have you counted how many mental psycho personalities it has? Around 25.

  4. It will cause my already heavy tax burden to go up, but I am fortunate enought to be able to afford it. I’ll vote for the bond issue and bitch and gripe when tax time comes, but its my civic duty and there are few things more important than our kids and schools. They probably could use more than what they’re asking for and I’d support it.

    1. YOU LIE! markturner is so full of delusional crap. You don’t have a tax burden. You don’t pay any property taxes. You can’t afford jack. Plus you don’t live in the EPISD area of operation. Don’t you live out in Clint or Socorro? Oops! LMAO.

      1. I live in Socorro and have taxable property there. I also have taxable property in the El Paso, Fabens, Canutillo, Anthony, Ysleta school districts. I also have taxable properties in the Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Abilene, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Dallas, Plano, Houston, and Galveston Independent School Districts. Thats in Texas. I also have taxable properties in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and California. I have way more to cry about taxes than a few far right wing retirees with little education living precariously in El Paso.

    1. Double dipping cops living in 300k homes! Madmike paying 8k in prop taxes. Wow! All taxpayer money. No wonder their out there handing out tickets like candy. Lol.

      1. Our white boy taxes pay your section 8 apartment alberto pedo muerto. You shouldn’t worry about tickets since you don’t drive. Hell we pay for your bus tickets too, you ungrateful SOB.

  5. I have 2 questions:
    First, when is the 1st bond of 667 million dollars going to be paid off from 2016?
    Second, why is the school budget continues to increase when school student enrollment continues to decrease by approximately 1,500 students a year?

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