Beckville ISD voters will decide a $17 million bond referendum on the ballot this May.

If passed by voters, the bond will help the district build a new competition gym and a high school addition, along with some renovations to the Junior High building. The bond has a 20-year payout.

Proposed Projects

Trustees discussed probable costs and work at their December meeting.

The competition gymnasium will be coliseum style with a focus on girls athletics in terms of the locker room and from an athletic point of view.

The new high school building would be built to especially help accommodate the film studio program, the culinary arts program and the band program, as well as life skills, special education and special needs.

At the junior high, only renovation is needed, officials said.

Impact on Taxpayers

The school board discussed what the bond election’s additional taxes would look like for the community, along with the pros and cons of paying for the project in 20 years verses paying for it in 25 years, at a workshop last week.

Business Manager Charmaine Chappell went over the options of how each plan would affect taxpayers, looking specifically at the average homestead with a general exemption and the average homestead with an over 65 exemption.

Chappell used the 2021 information that they have with an average home value of $121,035. Those with a general exemption and a home of that value would have paid $634.21 based on the current tax rate of .883 per $100 worth of value.

For the 20-year model, looking at the tax year for 2023, the I&S tax rate would be .30990 per $100, for a total of $175.10 I&S taxes for the average homestead. Added together with the estimated M&O tax rate of $501.76, this would give a total tax amount of $677.87 for the 20-year model.

Voting Info

Early voting will take place on weekdays from April 25 to May 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beckville ISD Administration Building, 4392 Texas 149 in Beckville.

Election Day voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beckville Community Center, 225 S. Washington St. in Beckville.

Also on the ballot, two school board seats are up for election. Justin Davis is running unopposed for Place 3, and incumbent Casey Travis is going up against Tiffany Adams for Place 4.

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Stella Wieser was a reporter at the Panola Watchman from June 2018 to April 2022. During her time at the Watchman, she enjoyed writing features about businesses and local events. As of May 2022, she resides in Austin and does media relations for TCEQ.