Midlothian ISD voters facing potential $90 million bond proposal
By 11/28/2002 00:00:00
Residents to get hit with city bond election, higher taxes
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN - The Midlothian school district is currently looking at several plans to help alleviate crowding on area campuses, which could result in a possible $90 million bond election. 'Nothing is set in stone,' said MISD Chief Financial Officer Larry Keiser, who said the district is currently home to 5,000 students. Several options are being proposed, but one thing is certain: taxes will go up. Midlothian ISD has the highest tax rate in the county at $1.72 per $100 of home valuation, and is one of the highest in the North Texas area.
However, Keiser estimates the school population to explode with 8,000 potential students in five to eight years, which will result in the need for more buildings. Keiser said various plans are being discussed and school board trustees won't have a final decision made until December. The district's proposal coincides with a City of Midlothian bond plan, which would go before voters sometime in February for road improvements and two new fire stations.
The city's bond proposal would be close to $15 million.
Voters will face another tax increase if the city's proposal is approved. One option for the MISD proposal calls for the district to construct a new high school, fine arts center and football stadium, then turning the current high school and recent MHS annex into a seventh- and eighth-grade center. The new high school, stadium and fine arts center would cost roughly $55 million. 'These are just working numbers right now,' Keiser said. 'This isn't a final total.'
Other proposals included building a new intermediate school at a cost of $12 million and converting several existing campuses, one being the middle school into a freshman center.
Keiser said a MISD Board meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the L.A. Mills Administration Building for residents to discuss the proposal.