To the Editor:

The Killeen Independent School District is about to give the citizens of Killeen, Harker Heights and Nolanville a tax bill of $426 million.

The article in the Killeen Daily Herald dated 12-1-2017 stated that the tax bill for a $143,000 home would be $244 a year of increased taxes for 30 more years.

On top of this the city of Killeen wants to have their own bond election and add even more taxes on us.

We are still paying taxes on a KISD bond from 2002 for the amount of $98.72 million. We still have 10 more years to pay on this one.

If they add this $426 million tax bill to us, we will be paying for 30 more years.

Here is what we get for our tax dollars. Three out of four high schools in the school district have  failed. Killeen, Ellison, and Shoemaker all have an F grade and are ranked among the lowest scoring of all Texas high schools.

The average yearly salary of superintendents in KISD is $248,000 per year. According to Wikipedia the average income per person in Killeen is $20,095 per year.

I say we are taxed enough already (TEA). We should vote NO to the bond election on The May 5th ballot. The Killeen school district and the city of Killeen should not get any more tax dollars from us to waste on failed schools and bloated salaries.

It is time for the citizens of Killeen-Harker Heights to think about draining our own swamp and vote out of office those who continually raise our taxes.

Wayne Lovett

Killeen

(7) comments

Killeen patriot

So the TEA does not rank any of our schools as failures. You are going by the new grading system put out by Children at Risk, an non-state funded or sanctioned organization. They specifically were looking at how campuses work to meet the needs for at risk students. Well, if you knew anything about how the education system works, you know anything from living in a single parent home to having failed your 3rd grade STAAR test can make you at risk. Please, if you are going to speak about rankings of our schools, then look to the Texas Education Agency and see how they rank our schools. If you want to know why our high schools are struggling it is because of overcrowding. Most classes are 30+ students per class. Even the greatest teachers in the world would struggle to give 30 or more students the attention they need. Our school tax rate is way lower than Belton, Salado, or Temple, but still everyone wants to complain. How can you not think the district has been good stewards of their money? I mean it has been 14 years since they last suggested a bond. I know school districts that over a bond up for election every 5 years. If you want our schools to succeed and produce better opportunities for our students, then you have to be willing to invest into them. If you do not have children in the district, then vote no when the time comes. However, if you have children in the district then your vote should most definitely be yes. I am just disappointed that the steering committee left off the new stadium. I mean you struggle to rotate 4 high school through one undersized older stadium, now you have to find a way to fit 5 in there.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@dailymajor: You haven't learned yet have you. Well all I can say is; 'SHAME ON YOU'.

As the writer, Mr. Wayne Lovett said, and I quote:

Copy: 'The article in the Killeen Daily Herald dated 12-1-2017 stated that the tax bill for a $143,000 home would be $244 a year of increased taxes for 30 more years.'

Continuation of copy: 'On top of this the city of Killeen wants to have their own bond election and add even more taxes on us.'

Continuation of copy: 'Here is what we get for our tax dollars. Three out of four high schools in the school district have  failed. Killeen, Ellison, and Shoemaker all have an F grade and are ranked among the lowest scoring of all Texas high schools.'

Continuation of copy: 'The average yearly salary of superintendents in KISD is $248,000 per year. According to Wikipedia the average income per person in Killeen is $20,095 per year.'


Continuation of copy: 'It is time for the citizens of Killeen-Harker Heights to think about draining our own swamp and vote out of office those who continually raise our taxes.' End of copy.

Have you heard enough @dailymajor???? People are sick and tired of this city and this school board continually hounding us 'for more and more money'. We have had enough.

I too will vote 'NO' on all future bonds from this city and this school board.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

dailymajor

I thought you said earlier that you were not informed of the amount taxes were going to be raised for the bond....Our school superintendent makes the salary he does when so many don't make nearly that much money? Please let me know how many people in Killeen have their Bachelors, Masters, and PHD in Education and are qualified to run a school district involving over 50,000. If you are qualified, go for it....Three of our high schools are "failures"? I guess the graduates of those high schools that I know that are going to college, or have their Bachelors and/or post graduate degrees are just very lucky. We just happen to have thousands that are lucky like that.....As you have explained, in all of your verbose wisdom and acumen, over and over again, you are against the bond issue. Have a wonderful day.

dailymajor

Shame on me? Shame on you !!!...You give misleading statements, incorrect facts, rant, and rant.. You and your bud are the best proponents, and advertisements for having a strong school system that I can imagine. Rant on.

dailymajor

Wayne, you and eye have everything figured out. I just can't believe that both of you are not in education in some way. You certainly need to be, don't you, since you know all there is to know about our schools and the school business......
We dang sure shouldn't even have to think about $20 or $30 dollars a month, or more for thousands of children and their futures. I dang sure for one don't want to give up my McDonald's treats or any other frivolous spending that I enjoy and deserve, after all it is my money, not the evil people that want me to support of school district and children. They are so stupid, aren't they?

eyewatchingu

Praise the Lord, you tell it like it is.
Facts are facts and the fact is, those in Killeen TX can not afford this. To me this is another way to tax homeowners out their homes so those greedy people can buy houses for pennies on the dollar.

KilleenLady1968

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