Residents split on $45 million Wylie ISD bond vote
ABILENE, Texas - A potential increase in taxes for residents in the Wylie district is up to voters, and there's just one more day left to register to vote. The $45 million dollar bond would help expand the district to keep up with the growth. Phase 1 of the project has already begun as crews already broke ground on Wylie East Elementary. Phase 2, which is $10 million dollars of the bond, is expected to add more classrooms, a gymnasium, and a library to the elementary school. The remaining $35 million would go towards a new junior high. Voters in Wylie are split on which way they plan to vote. With her daughter only a few years away from starting school, one mom says voting for the bond is something she may do. "We probably will seeing as we're out that direction and it's growing and they're making more room for kids coming in," said Janell Dempsey. But not all Wylie parents have students in the district. "We homeschool so that might play into our decision. I'm not against public education system, but we really value education. That's why we decided to take it on for ourselves," said Eric Abercrombie. Even though residents already have to pay for a 2015 bond to build a new fine arts center for Wylie High School, the added cost of the Expo Center, a city bond, and potential street maintenance fee, the added cost isn't a deterrent for some. "The bonds in of themselves, even for the expo center, that's a reasonable investment in the community to get … other people's money coming, so that makes perfect sense," said David Batiz. The main issue for Batiz is safety, and after multiple complaints of speeders through the neighborhood, he says he doesn't see it getting any better. "I can't imagine that having more people coming through the neighborhood would slow things down at all. I would think that growing the schools would be smart but finding a place not so close to a newly established neighborhood would be smarter," Batiz said. Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote. You can register in person at the Taylor County Elections Office at 400 Oak St. or visit TaylorCountyTexas.org.