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Robinson ISD Slims Down Price Tag, Pushes Bond Measure Again

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Take three: Robinson ISD's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to have another go at passing a bond measure to fund new construction.

Voters shot down the first two proposals, the first in 2011 and the second last November.

Just 84 votes -- about 4.5 percent of total ballots. That's how much the RISD bond measure lost by three months ago.

"Previous two times, I voted for them," said John Husak of Robinson. He thinks it's simply time to update the 50-year-old buildings.

"They're in dilapidated condition, they're unsafe for the kids," Husak said.

At stake is the intermediate school.

The school board voted Tuesday night to ask voters to approve just over $19 million in bond money to replace it, plus another $300,000 for improvements to the elementary school.

The grand total comes to $19.5 million.

It's a slim $1.5 million less than the last proposal.

The new plans will probably look pretty similar to the ones rejected in November, but the funding difference will mean less classroom space.

"There is no one -- if there is I don't know them -- that wants their taxes raised," said RISD superintendent Michael Hope.

That's the sticking point with a lot of voters: Bond money comes from taxes.

This time around, homeowners can expect property taxes to rise 24.5 cents per $100 of property value.

That's about $273 a year extra for the average Robinson home.

"If we had another avenue, we would do it," Hope said. "Because a bond issue, for everyone, is not a fun thing to do."

But that's the thing; it's a bond or nothing. A tax increase, or no new schools.

"It's understandable" that people would oppose it, Husak said. "It's a hard time, economic times right now."

But since it's their only choice, the district pledges to keep trying, even if this one fails, too.

Robinson ISD says they'll work harder to answer everyone's questions to get the word out ahead of the election in May.

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