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Voters decide Tuesday whether to pass Wylie ISD's $45 million bond

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ABILENE, Texas - Texans can exercise their right to vote by hitting the polls on Election Day Tuesday. Besides seven constitutional amendments, Wylie voters will decide on whether to pass a Wylie Independent School District $45 million bond proposal.

The district wants to use those funds for two projects: the construction of the new Wylie East Junior High to house its 5th-8th graders and to finish building Wylie East Elementary School.

"In nine years it looks like we're going to have an additional $2,000 kids is what the demographer is looking at," said Wylie ISD Superintendent Joey Light.

According to the district, demographers list Wylie ISD among the top 20 fastest school districts in Texas.

For Light, these expansion projects represent preparing for that growth and staying in front of it. Since 1992, the district has passed two bond elections with the most recent in 2015, according to a press release.

If voters approve the bond proposal, a property owner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $139 a year in taxes. That comes out to an average of $12 a month.

Bill Taylor has owned his home in the Abilene neighborhood of Wylie for nearly 20 years. While he understands people vote with their pocket, he supports Wylie ISD's bond proposal.

"I'm totally behind it," Taylor said. "Even though I don't have children...I think education is one of the most important gifts you can give to a child these days."

While Superintendent Light is hopeful the bond will pass, they're prepared if it doesn't.

"If the bond does not pass, we'll do the best with what we've got," Light said.

There were 2,307 people who participated during early voting, according to the Taylor County Elections Office. Polls across Taylor County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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