FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – By a better than a three to one margin, voters in the Frisco ISD passed a $775-million school bond.
The bulk of the bond will pay for 14 new schools, including three new high schools.
By 2020, Frisco ISD projects to have 20,000 more students – increasing enrollment 66,000.
“Some people say just put this off,” said Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, a big supporter of the bond. “They don’t understand. There will be instant overcrowding. There are schools that have to start next month – two months from now.”
According to the school district for the average homeowner in Frisco (based on $270,000 home value), this bond will likely mean an extra $17 a month in taxes.
In a district where every schools bond has overwhelming passed in the last decade, opponents of the bond faced an uphill challenge.
“We are growing so fast you cannot not want schools in this town,” said Tom Fabry with the Responsible Spending Coalition. “What we are very much concerned about is the size of the bond and the potential implications on the financial future of our city.”
Fabry found himself in the minority on Saturday.
“I think some people want to say no for the sake of saying no,” said Mayor Maso. “I understand the national politics but this is a huge difference here. We balance our budgets. The school district is careful with every penny.”
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