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.
 

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Heres an idea? Why dont you calculate how much illegal-immigrant children in your school system is taking up funding and resources and report it to the parents. Its a harsh reality but the truth. Your child suffers while others get a free ride and lunches on your tax dollar. All at the cost of under payed teachers and after school programs that no longer exist because of the short fallings of funding.

Not just for your district but the entire YSID school system and EPISD should do the same.

As Quoted by Michael Zolkoski, "Now the district will have to come up with other ways to pay for the much needed improvements & the money will have to come from its budget. We're going to have to find money in our budget this year & cut some of our budget". Why did you wait until after the bond vote to make an effort to balance your budget & to make these improvements? With property values soaring up the past several years, you should've had enough money to make all the improvements with ease!

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