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Robinson Voters Pass $19.5M ISD Bond After Two Failed Attempts

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(KCEN) - They say the third time's the charm.

After two failed attempts, Robinson voters approved an ISD bond measure Saturday. It's a nearly $20 million venture to rebuild one of its schools.

It was a close race: the bond passed by a very slim 19 votes.

One of those votes belongs to Sue Baker.

"It was important to us that we have a good place for them to go," Baker said Sunday.

Her daughter went to Robinson schools, and soon, she hopes, her granddaughter will too.

The $19.5 million bond means a new intermediate school in the town, replacing the current 50-year-old structure.

About $300,000 will go to improvements to the elementary school.

"It's regretful that the amount to cover that one school is as much as it is, you know, but it's needed," said Robinson resident Charlie Burch.

The district's campaign this time was "Vote for Robinson students." Opponents of the bond say they weren't voting against students, they were voting against taxes.

"We hated it for the kids," said Robinson's Randy Schmedt, "but our taxes keep going up here every year "

The bond will raise property taxes for most homeowners.

For the average home value in the town of almost $126,000, it'll be about $275 more per year.

"We have to draw the line somewhere," Schmedt said.

Robinson ISD released a statement after the vote. It reads, in part, "The number of voters...who came out reinforces the interest our community has in RISD. We also understand the sacrifice you have made for the students of Robinson."

"I'm excited that we finally did the right thing," Baker said.

But with 49.5 percent of the voters who cast ballots voting against this third attempt at a bond, it's not exactly a popular measure.
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