Image: State Republican Executive Committeewoman Allison Winter has come out AGAINST the Conroe Independent School District’s $807 million bond and tax hike.
Conroe, April 26 – Several major pro-citizen leaders have come out against the Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) $807 million bond and tax hike set for voter referendum on May 4, 2019. Clearly, everyone seems to agree that, as a community, we must give teachers and children in our public schools the resources they need to teach and to learn in public schools.
The problem, however, with the CISD’s bond proposal is the gargantuan amount of funds the school district seeks to borrow and tax and the failure of the district to obtain sound cost estimates for the needed projects.
Conroe ISD Trustee Dale Inman
Conroe ISD Trustee Dale Inman has openly take a position in opposition to the bond. At the January 15, 2019, Baord of Trustees meeting, Inman attempted to propose a substitute $304 million bond, which only included CISD “needs” as a oppose to “wants.”
Inman has made clear that his amendment to the Board consisted of the CISD’s “needs” as opposed to the school district bureaucracy’s “wants.” Therefore, it’s important to see what Inman revealed were those “needs” and the massive financial waste this $807 million bond package represents.
The following chart is Trustee Inman’s proposed amendment to the CISD bond which w0uld only include “needs” and not unnecessary or illegal expenditures:
Inman’s proposed substitute package of “needs” rather than the CISD bureaucracy’s “wants” was $502,994,585 less than the proposed bond package the hard-left leaning CISD bureaucracy and politicians have actually proposed. Inman’s proposed substitute bond was half a billion dollars less!!!
Inman’s proposed $304 million bond proposal died in the Board of Trustees meeting for lack of a second.
Inman has publicly opposed the bond.
State Republican Executive Committeewoman Allison Winter
State Republican Executive Committeewoman Allison Winter has come out against CISD’s $807 million bond. Winter explained, “I am voting NO on the wasteful $807 million CISD bond. Early vote now thru 4/30 or Election Day, Saturday, 5/4. Their hope is low voter turnout so no one notices this tax hike!”
On April 5, Winter said, “We need to vote this CISD junk Bond down!”
Influential conservative Betty Anderson
Betty Anderson, a longtime Republican Precinct Chair from Shenandoah, may be one of the most influential of all voter-influencers. Anderson was also the Founder of the Montgomery County Eagle Forum.
Anderson’s position on CISD’s $807 million bond and tax hike couldn’t be clearer: “
“Personally, I will be voting NAY for the CONROE ISD tax hike election. There’s too much junk in the bond proposal and the CISD debt keeps climbing. (We already have $All my Damocrat friends are FOR it and say “it’s for the children.” If it takes 25 years to pay off, it will be there for the children — to pay off! Shame on us for leaving our children and grandchildren in debt. What kind of homes will they be able to afford as appraisals and tax rates continue to rise?
“Conroe ISD already has DEBT obligations over $1.36 BILLION. This BOND will take the next generation 25 YEARS to pay off!
“Then add interest to that and it’s over $3 BILLION in debt. And then I’m wondering when they’ll try to pass the next bond.($807 M + $1360 M = Over $2 BILLION + Interest).”
Woodlands Township Director Brian Boniface
Brian Boniface is a veteran, a renowned health care provider, and a strong advocate of public education. Boniface is a CISD parent.
Boniface said, “Early voting begins today [April 22] for the $807 Million Dollar CISD school bond. Please join me in voting NO for this bond and send it back to the drawing board for what our schools actually need to provide a quality, competitive education to our children. It is very easy to throw money at projects and hope for the best, but that is clearly not even close to what is happening here. It’s a cash grab for some needs and a lot of wants to the tune of our residents paying over $1 billion in interest over time for school debt. We deserve better and we should demand better.”
He further explained, “The focus of bonds should be on capital purchases, not a wish lost of things people want. There can be alternative methods to achieving things above and beyond without hosing taxpayers with over a billion dollars in interest.”
Founder of The Woodlands Residents’ Advocates Paul Lazzaro
Paul Lazzaro, a beloved figure in The Woodlands, who worked for George Mitchell and provided public relations services for The Woodlands Corporation, announced his opposition to the CISD bond.
Lazzaro has objected to the wasteful spending in the bond, the mis-statements by CISD with respect to the impact of the bond on taxes of senior citizens, and CISD’s use of tax dollars to campaign for the bond.
To say that Lazzaro has been outspoken against the $807 million CISD bond would be a severe understatement.
Woodlands Township Director Bruce Rieser
Woodlands Township Director Bruce Rieser, a retired businessman, explained his opposition to the CISD’s $807 million bond and tax hike on social media on April 21:
“Why I am voting NO on the Conroe ISD Bond.
“First why I am NOT voting no. I don’t mind paying higher taxes if the expenditure is warranted. In fact, this will be the first school bond I have ever voted against. As a product of public education and a state university, I am a proponent of strong public education. Overall, I believe that Conroe ISD is a well-run and responsible organization in comparison with other Texas ISDs of similar size. I am also of the belief that bonds are a vital tool for large scale infrastructure spending. I am also not questioning the motives of those residents who are choosing to support the bond.
“I AM voting NO simply because there are too many items in the proposal that should not be amortized over 25 years. Further, the policy of using bond debt to pay for deferred maintenance items to keep tax rates low is, in my view, bad policy. It is highly unlikely that I will still exist on this planet when these bonds reach maturity. Therefore, what I am really doing is voting to place the bulk of the debt burden on my children to pay off. Finally, interest on debt pays for nothing. If no other bonds are issued over the next 25 years (obviously highly unlikely) the debt service alone on $2b will be more than $1b over the life of the bonds.”
Bill O’Sullivan: The Sage
The Sage, Bill O’Sullivan, has openly endorsed AGAINST the $807 million CISD bond. O’Sullivan has raised many objections to the proposed bond.
Specifically, O’Sullivan has criticized the massive amount of interest payments CISD taxpayers will have to pay in the event the bond passes, which such funds would take resources away from educational tax dollars. O’Sullivan has also raised serious concerns about the massive tax hike which will come with the bond, which will result both in an increase of CISD’s tax rate and CISD’s property tax appraisals.
Three renowned community political organizations
The three leading grassroots political organizations in Montgomery County have come out officially against the $807 million bond.
The Montgomery County Republican Party’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to take a position AGAINST CISD’s proposed bond.
The Montgomery County Tea Party voted unanimously at its membership meeting and in its Vetting Committee to oppose the proposed $807 million bond.
The Texas Patriots PAC has come out against CISD’s $807 million bond and tax hike.
Many other elected officials and community leaders have come out against CISD’s $807 million bond and tax hike.