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Political group formed to help pass Robinson ISD school bond

ROBINSON - With the May elections just around the corner, Robinson ISD's bond is back on the ballot. The district is seeking nearly $20 million to build a new intermediate school and make some repairs to the elementary school.

Robinson residents have already voted down different bond packages twice before, but this time around, the district has some help from a local political action committee devoted to getting this newest $19.5 million bond passed.

PAC member Keith Helpert is behind the bond because they believe it isn't just important for students, it's necessary for the city.

“This school district is what drives our community. We’re a school district community. It’s not about industry, it’s about the schools and our kids,” says Helpert.

The bonds biggest hurdle is it would still raise taxes 25 cents, but Helpert says the district has kept in mind with the new cheaper version.

“We’re in an economy of needs not wants and we have stripped this thing down to the bare bones of what we have got to have,” says Helpert. “This is what the kids need in our district. There are no wants in this list now."

The November bond failed by just 91 votes. The PAC blames the defeat on misinformation and has been working to educate voters.

“Last time there was a lot of miss-communication or misinformation about what it’s going to do to tax dollars. We've made a big push this year, this time around on educating people that 65 and over their taxes are frozen in the school district and so this will not effect them if they’re 65 and over and we want to make sure people understand and realize that,” says Helpert.

For the average $125,000 home in Robinson, that means an extra $264 a year. Helpert says that's money well spent.

"When you start talking those dollars, its dollars that families can afford especially when it’s our kids,” says Helpert.

And though the PAC is confidant the bond will pass this time, they say they'll keep trying if it fails.

Early voting starts Monday, so PAC members will be going door-to-door this weekend to encourage residents to vote.

Click here for more information on Robinson ISD bond election.

Click here to see conceptual drawing of new proposed intermediate school.
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