I have three things to say about this story concerning the various bonds proposals that will be on the ballot this fall.
1. Boy, the anti position sure was well-represented, wasn't it? From Bruce Hotze to Greg Meyers to Paul Bettencourt to that poor schlub in Cy-Fair who's suffering from "tax fatigue" (whatever that is), they were out in force. Representing the other side of the issue was...well, no one, actually. Those of you who consider yourselves aficionados of "media bias", file that one away.
2. Speaking of Bettencourt, he's right about this, though from a perspective with which I disagree:
"The tax relief from school finance reform never amounted to the $2,000 per homeowner that the governor talked about," Bettencourt said. "With bond packages and increases in property values, all the relief will be gone in two years."
3. While the main focus of the 2006 special session was on property tax reduction (to call it "school finance reform" is highly misleading), there were some non-financial items taken up. This was one of them:
Voting on school bonds in conjunction with state, county and other local issues will be a new experience for many voters because of a new state law that requires districts to hold elections during general elections if trustees are being chosen. Previously, many school districts held stand-alone elections in the spring.
"This is the first time our voters will experience a bond election coupled with a general election," Cy-Fair Assistant Superintendent Kelli Durham said. "There may be several other bond elections on the ballot. However, ours is clearly for new schools, renovations and technology. We think it will stand out as an item they need to respond to."