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May 3, 2014

Early voting for May 10 school, city election ends Tuesday



Three candidates also are running for two unexpired one-year seats at OISD, including Michael Thomason, Terry Johnson and Jaci Duck. The two candidates with the most votes will win the seats in this run-at-large election as well. Both Thomason and Duck are currently serving as school board members after being appointed to fill unexpired terms.

Early voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Oakwood ISD administration building board room. On election day (Saturday, May 10) voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Slocum ISD's request for approval of $3.3 million bond will be used to finance a new $6 million school building, which will include seven standard classrooms, one computer lab, one science lab, one culinary arts lab, one physical education/gymnasium, one secured entrance, one administrative suite, one dining area with food storage, and more.

The total cost of the Long Range Facility Improvement Plan is $6 million. SISD has budgeted and saved for an “equity down payment” for the facility in the amount of $2.7 million, and therefore the net amount of potential bond financing is $3.3 million, according to SISD.

If approved by voters, the tax rate increase required to finance the projects will be 14.8 cents, using conservative estimates. The average Slocum ISD homeowner can expect to pay $7.17 more in taxes per month or $86.04 a year. There will be no tax increase above the frozen level on the homestead of taxpayers 65 years of age and older who have applied for and received the age 65 freeze.

Early voting for the bond issue will continue from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Election Day voting will be held May 10 at the Slocum ISD Board Room from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional information will be available on the Slocum ISD website at

Any interested citizen with questions may contact the Slocum ISD Administration at 903-478-3624.

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