Budget Cuts Likely After Voters Reject YISD Bond
POSTED: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 5:32pm
EL PASO -- Some parents in the Ysleta Independent School District say they would have had no problem with a tax increase to help foot the bill for a $160 million bond.
"You can't put a price on education. It's for our kids," said parent Paul Telas.
But voters in the Ysleta Independent School District ultimately said "no" to the bond this weekend.
"There's more money out there. They should pick something else other than raising our taxes," said parent Tanya Rivera.
The bond would have helped pay for the installation of air conditioning in schools without it, the construction of two new elementary schools, renovations to old ones, and also improvements to disability access.
"We feel like we needed these improvements to get us where we needed to be but a lot of people didn't vote," said YISD Superintendent Michael Zolkoski. He's disappointed voters didn't approve the bond issue but he understands why. Taxpayers in the district would have paid about $50 more per year in property taxes on a $100,000 house.
"I understand the economic situation and it's tough increasing people's taxes so I do understand it from a taxpayer's standpoint also.”
Now Zolkoski says the district will have to come up with other ways to pay for the much needed improvements and the money will have to come from its budget.
"We're going to have to find money in our budget this year and cut some of our budget. I want to take care of our children."
An estimated two percent of eligible voters showed up at the polls Saturday.