(Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Saturday, April 13, 2013 3:22 PM
Only 1,222 of Bonding District 30’s more than 21,000 registered voters showed up to cast votes April 6 — a turnout that one School Board member blames for the defeat of a proposition on the ballot.
“My experience over the years is that when something is on the ballot and someone is opposing it, they’re more motivated to go to the polls than voters who are in support of something, and I think that’s how it got defeated,” said Joe Andrepont.
“A number of people have stopped me and apologized for not voting.”
The proposition, which was for a $5.2 million bond issue to demolish Matt Walker Memorial Stadium in Sulphur and build a new stadium, failed by two votes — 610 for to 612 against.
Andrepont, School Board member for District 12 and Bonding District 30, said there is “certainly a need for a new stadium.”
He said the existing stadium, which is 70-80 years old, has seen renovations over the decades but still features “structural steel that exists from the 1940s,” along with eroded concrete footings and wood decking.
Also, Andrepont said, the press box sways when the wind blows; the sound system is “horrible”; the restrooms and concession stands are “atrocious and in deplorable condition”; and the aisles need handrails.
The bond would have been funded by a 20-year, 1.22-mill property tax.
“We hear about millages, but no one talks about dollars. And I think people can equate to that better in terms of what it would cost voters if we talked in dollars,” Andrepont said.
“A home appraised at $75,000 wouldn’t pay any taxes on this proposition; a $150,000 homeowner would pay $8 a year in new taxes, or $0.67 a month; and a $300,000 home would be $16 per year, or $1.33 per month. It’s not a big difference.”
The issue will appear on the ballot again, but the School Board has not made a decision as to when, he said.
“It won’t be put back to a vote soon, but when we do call another bond election we, as a board, will do a better job of getting the message out about the election to make sure people cast their votes,” Andrepont said.
“I think by doing that we can hopefully motivate people to go to the polls and show their support.”
Posted By: This "free shiarng" of information seems too good to be true. Like communism. On: 4/24/2013
This "free shiarng" of information seems too good to be true. Like communism.
Posted By: Tired of paying taxes On: 4/15/2013
Title: A NO vote means NO
Here's a voters simple opinion about dollars. I am tired of paying new--and more taxes everytime I turn around. Where are all the funds from the gaming industry that should be used for this? Where are all the funds from elsewhere that should pay for this?
Fact is fact; NO......................NO....................NO to any new taxes! Here's one last fact, a football player gets a better scholarship than an honor roll student. Why? because there is more emphasis on sports than education. SO let the sports fans pay for the new stadium.