There were celebrations throughout the area Tuesday night as proponents for two bond propositions and a sales tax were given the green light from voters.
Plainview and Sulphur Public Schools each won overwhelming approval for bond questions. In Marshall County, the sheriff’s department ¼-cent sales tax proposal for a new jail facility was approved by a narrow margin.
Plainview presented two bond proposals before the voters. The first, a $15,910,00 question which included a new early education facility, was approved with 661 votes (85 percent) yes and 113 (15 percent) no. The second bond question in the amount of $810,000 was for new buses and goes into effect in 2018. The question received 665 yes votes (85 percent) to 118 no votes (15 percent).
“I’m breathing a little easier now,” Plainview Superintendent Karl Stricker said. “We are just grateful for the community’s support.”
Stricker said it is an exciting time for the district and thanked the bond committee.
“We have a great group of parents supporting us,” he said. “It’s the parents and the members of the committee working with the staff and community to support us.”
Sulphur’s bond proposal also had little in the way of drama as it also passed with 85 percent, well above the required 60 percent super majority.
The $2.1 million proposal, which includes construction of a gym/safe room and class rooms for early childhood education along with campus wide safety features, was approved with 476 voting yes to 85 (15 percent) voting no.
“We are really excited and grateful everyone came out to support us,” Sulphur Superintendent Gary Jones said. “We had great community support and we are just grateful.”
Jones said the district would meet with a bonding agent and prepare for the bidding process.
“It was a total team effort,” he said.
And then there was Marshall County. Sheriff Ed Kent did not have the luxury of early overwhelming support and was forced to sweat through the returns until the final precinct reported. In the end, Kent was given a sales tax for a new jail facility and renovation of current jail space with 539 (51 percent) voting yes and 527 (49 percent) voting no.
“That’s amazing,” Kent said. “I can’t recall seeing an election this close. It makes me proud there are at least some citizens who believe in making improvements.”
Kent said the proposal was losing as it came down to the last precinct.
“I believe it was the Lake Texoma Fire District that pulled it out,” he said.
Kent said he did not take office intending to seek a new facility. But issues along with inspections by the health department resulted in the need to make improvements, noting if the voters didn’t approve it Tuesday, they would have had to in the future. Kent also said work remains as the development of the new facility now lies on the horizon.
“We have a challenge in front of us,” he said.