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Belton residents face a 60 million dollar bond election

By Danielle Skinner

BELTON- One Central Texas school district has a 60 million dollar bond election on the May 12th ballot to consider.

Belton ISD says it's needed in the growing district. A bond election vote is a hot topic that has some taxpayers worried.

Deputy Superintendent Darrell Becker says Belton ISD classrooms are all maxed out.

"We are in need of additional capacity at our elementary schools and at a high school level to accommodate growth," Becker said.

A bond election that more than 2,000 residents have already shown up to vote on will help give the district three more schools to help their student population spike.

If passed the bond will give the district two new elementary schools and a replacement middle school, and tax payers will see a $117 increase per year.

"We understand that there are concerns about taxes going up and rightfully so," Becker explained. "People should be concerned."

In fact you can see the concern all over Belton. Several residents have posted signs saying "vote yes" or "vote no for now" on the bond. 

John Fulwiler is a member of the concerned citizens for fiscal responsibility. They are a group of tax payers that oppose the bond

"We listened to their presentations, we listened to their numbers and to us it did not make sense to spend that kind of money right now," Fulwiler said. "We think it's prudent to take a better approach to slow down, reanalyze and recalculate."

Fulwiler says it's too dangerous for the district to spend that much money in a short period of time, and homeowners will ultimately have to pay.

"They have no risk, they are not going to repossess the school but they could repossess your or my home if we aren't able to pay our taxes," Fulwiler said.

If you are a Belton resident and wish to cast your vote on the bond election for more information visit the Belton ISD website. 

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