WF Chamber makes final 'Vote Yes' push on bond election

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - On Saturday at 7 a.m. the polls will open in Wichita Falls for residents to vote on seven bond propositions.

On Friday supporters made their final pushes. More than anything, they are just ready to see the results.

"We're just ready for this to be over so we know what we're working with as we move forward to build a better community," C.E.O. of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, Henry Florsheim said.

The Chamber is hoping seven bond propositions totaling $131 million pass on Saturday in hopes of creating a better Wichita Falls.

The last three months they've given nearly 60 presentations, placed yard signs throughout town, and used an aggressive social media strategy.

"We've reached out in a way that we've not done before in a campaign," Florsheim said. "And the response has been great."

The Chamber made one final push Friday sending out a flyer clarifying some information.

Florsheim said the 'Vote No' group keeps saying if all propositions pass, Wichita Falls will be the second highest taxed city in the state. That, in fact, is not the case.

"If everything passed, we'd actually be the 65th highest taxed city in the state," he said. "Granted, that's still not where we want to be. But it's not number two either."

The 'Vote No' group is also handing out flyers saying taxes will go up 23 percent. Florsheim said that also is not true.

"Our property tax bill also includes Wichita County and the Wichita Falls I.S.D.," he said. "And neither of those are affected here. So if everything passes, your total tax bill would go up 6 percent not 23 percent."

Florsheim said no matter what happens, the Chamber will continue to work towards their economic goal and make Wichita Falls the best it can be.

"Whether some of them pass or fail, we're having the talks now," Florsheim said. "So people are able to discuss why is that important, or why is it not, and that's going to help us moving forward."

Florsheim said the Chamber has gotten tons of exposure and supporters.

They will be downtown Saturday awaiting those results.

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