Abilene PAC's state their opinions on AISD bond proposal before November election
ABILENE, Texas —
Two political action committees, or PAC's, are taking their views on the $138.7 million Abilene Independent School District bond proposal to both Facebook and their front yards.
A former AISD teacher and the father of a former AISD student both have opinions when it comes to Abilene ISD's $138.7 million bond proposal that is set to be featured on the November ballot.
Charles Byrn, a representative from the PAC "It’s OK to Vote NO, Abilene," told KTXS News that their group is worried about the financial aspects of the bond.
“We basically are telling the citizens of Abilene we just had a bond in 2013 for $87 million, it’s going to be another 13 years before that’s paid off now,” Byrn said. “They want another bond where it's $138.7 million, I’ll be 84 years old before that’s paid off.”
However, Gary Grubbs, who formed the PAC "Vote for Abilene Kids," believes that the money that the taxpayers would be spending would be worth it for children in the future.
If the bond is passed, Abilene homeowners would have to pay an extra $13 per month for every $100,000 that their home is worth.
“They are going to benefit from the opportunity to have better technology, better curriculum, better facilities, safer facilities, more opportunities and help them compete in the rest of the world,” Grubbs said.
Taylor Elementary School, Dyess Elementary School and Austin Elementary School, Abilene ISD's oldest elementary schools, will be replaced if the bond is passed.
Security concerns were one of the reasons why the AISD bond was proposed.
“I wonder that the people in other cities in this county, I bet they used to think it would never happen to them, Sandy Hook," said Grubbs. “We have three elementary schools that have outdoor access to the classrooms, one of which I attended."
Byrn believes that the security issues can be addressed without having to replace the elementary schools.
“There are ways you can fix these doors that open to the outside that they are complaining about security,” Byrn said. “I haven't seen a gunman running lose on their campus and I haven't seen a child that’s been taken.”
Both groups will be trying to get people to support each of their causes until Election Day on November 6.