Texoma Votes 2016: Voters in Nocona ISD to vote on nearly $17 million bond

NOCONA, TX (KAUZ) - Voters within the Nocona ISD will be voting on a school bond proposal for the second time this year.

In May, a $15.1 million bond that would have paid for a new high school was voted down. School board president, Len Dingler, is hoping the second time is the charm for the now $16.8 million bond.

"I know it's good not to be in debt. Everybody wants to be debt free. But at what cost?" Dingler said.

Dingler said $800,000 of the nearly $2 million increase came from construction costs rising since the last bond election. The remainder came from changes to the original construction plans after reaching out to voters who said no six months ago.

"(After) evaluating the whole process we feel this is still a good time to go forward with the bond. (We) made the improvements that the community said they wanted to see, and we'll see what they say this time," Dingler said.

However, not everyone is on board. Nocona resident and business owner Jeff Skinner is against the proposed 0.43 cent tax rate increase.

"It's just a double whammy. They get taxed on their property, if they're a property owner and then when they go to a business, due commerce, well they pay for it again," Skinner said.

Dingler said the land the district is looking to buy for the new high school would also allow space to add athletic facilities, a middle school, and an elementary school. But he said the time to act is now.

"The longer we wait, the bond rates are going to go up, the building cost is going to go up and we're going to get less brick and mortar for our dollar," Dingler said.

Skinner wants his fellow taxpayers to look at how this would affect them financially before casting their ballot.

"(Vote yes) if they think they can afford it. I personally don't think I can," Skinner said.

Election day is November 8th. If the bond is passed, Dingler said construction could begin as soon as next summer. The school would be complete by the fall of 2018. If the bond is not passed, Dingler said the board would have to take another look to see if proposing the third bond is in the cards.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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