Taylor ISD asks taxpayers to support $21 million bond

Taylor ISD Administration building (Lauren Kravets/KXAN News)
Taylor ISD Administration building (Lauren Kravets/KXAN News)

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — It’s a crumbling track Thomas Matinez has walked on dozens of times. He and his three daughters graduated from Taylor High School, and watched football games at Memorial Field. The high school doesn’t have a football stadium.

“Over time, facilities have wear and tear and you have to spend some money on them and the time has come for us to do that,” says Thomas.

Taylor High School

The district wants to spend $11.9 million for athletic facilities, including a field house at Taylor High School. They would also build a 5,000-seat, multi-purpose stadium with an eight-lane track & turf surface suitable for soccer, band and football. There would also be a new baseball and softball complex. Right now the school only has this practice field.

Loud air conditioning units sit in portable classrooms for the Early College High School program.The bond would provide students with a permanent building. Another $3.2 million would provide a new building with 11 classrooms, teacher work space, a dining area/multi-use space and outside restroom access for Heritage Park (public use).

“The portable buildings that we have now, do not have restrooms. They go across the street to city hall to use the restroom,” says Taylor ISD Superintendent Jerry Vaughn.

Thomas says he hasn’t heard of organized opposition to the bond, but there are a few who don’t want to part with this stadium.

“Some of the people that are opposed to the bond are having a real hard time with the thought of losing Memorial Field and the tradition that’s behind it.”

But Thomas says, they hope to create new memories with new athletic facilities and more classroom space for kids.

The district has a complete list of all the bond projects on its website.

Of course if this bond passes, homeowners have to shell out more in taxes. If you own a $200,000 home, you’ll pay an extra $288 a year, and if you own at $100,000 home, you’ll pay an extra $144 a year.

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