Image: Kelli Cook (left) of the Children’s Hope PAC, along with PAC volunteers Cheila McKay and Michael Juneman, presented the quiz: “Which Bond is Worse? $807 Million CISD Bond in May or $677 Million Zombie Bond in November?” Cook made the presentation at the end of her speech on Thursday, October 3, 2019, to a capacity crowd at the Montgomery County Eagle Forum.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, October 6 – A capacity crowd at the Montgomery County Eagle Forum meeting in Conroe on Thursday, October 3, 2019, heard Children’s Hope PAC Director Kelli Cook speak against Conroe Independent School District’s $677 Million Bond package set for voter referendum on November 5, 2019, but then had to take a quiz at the conclusion of the presentation. The audience aced the quiz.
Cook titled the quiz, “Which Bond is Worse? $807 Million CISD Bond in May [which voters defeated] or the $677 Million Zombie Bond [set for the November ballot]?” Everyone in the audience received an A+ grade on the examination.
The entire examination with answers follows.
Examination Questions with answers in bold.
- Which bond had a bigger tax hike? One had a 3 cent tax rate increase, the other a 4 cent tax rate increase. Answer: The $677 Million Bond set for referendum in November has a 4 cent tax rate increase, while the $807 Million Bond voters defeated in May had only a 3 cent tax rate increase.
- Which bond allowed voters to approve the tax rate increase at the ballot box? Answer: In the May 4 $807 Million Bond election, CISD allowed voters to vote up or down on the 3 cent tax rate increase. In the November 5, 2019, $677.3 Million Bond election, CISD’s administration and Board already approved the 4 cent tax rate increase so they’re not permitting the voters to approve or disapprove that tax rate increase.
- Which bond has plans to build a $39 Million elementary school in a completely empty subdivision for a Las Vegas Casino family of developers so the Casino family can advertise this amenity? Answer: The $677.3 Million Bond set for November includes a $39 Million elementary school, the most expensive in the history of Conroe ISD, which the school district administration has agreed to construct in an entirely empty subdivision, Artavia, which a Las Vegas Casino magnate and his family are developing.
- Which bond is asking for the larger budget for artificial turf of $23.8 Million, $500,000 more than the other? The $677.3 Million “zombie” bond has a larger budget by $500,000 for artificial turf than the $807 Million May 4 bond had.
- Which bond has the worst transparency, such as shutting off Facebook comments, and the removal of the 50-page project list which showed the exact same estimate of $21,562.50 117 times? CISD has hidden the bond details during the $677.3 Million “zombie” bond election. That’s not surprising, because zombies are known to hide their true nature.
- During which bond election did the CISD attorney charge grassroots activists $139,000 for information under the Texas Public Information Act? That occurred during the May 4 $807 Million bond election. A complaint is pending with the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
- Which bond stole your hope of property tax relief from the statewide property tax relief legislation? The 4 cent tax rate increase implemented for the $677.3 Million “zombie” bond wiped out all of the benefits Conroe ISD taxpayers would have received from Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 3, the statewide property tax relief legislation, which Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on June 12, 2019.
- Which bond are they trying to justify their need with while there are 40+ UNDER capacity schools out of 61 campuses? Both the $677.3 Million “zombie” bond set for referendum on November 5 and the $807 Million Bond which voters defeated on May 4 have no demographic study basis. CISD’s own demographic study shows that CISD schools will remain under capacity at least through 2027.
- Which bond has a $450,000 Airsoft Gun Range and two $100,000 wood dance floors with 4,550 mirrors each? Both the $677.3 Million “zombie” bond set for referendum on November 5 and the $807 Million Bond which voters defeated on May 4 have those ridiculous items which belong more at a Chuck E Cheese pizza parlor than in schools.
- Which bond has CISD pushed harder on by threatening teachers, subjecting parents to bond sessions while they’re supposed to be doing open houses and choir concerts, using school campus marquees and yard signs relentlessly, and even breaking the law by advocating on CISD’s website with high dollar taxpayer-funded political videos? Conroe ISD has engaged in those illegal activities during the $677.3 Million “zombie” bond referendum.
- Which bond will put taxpayers on the hook for almost 2 BILLION dollars in debt? Both bonds.
- Which bond will you have the chance to vote NO on twice in one day? The $677.3 Million “zombie” bond on November 5, 2019.
- Which bond has an early voting start date of October 21, 2019? The $677.3 Million “zombie” bond.