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Page M The FroePress February 13, 2003. BY BILL PETERSON psychology in college, then go Editor into the ministry. In addition to the variety of T .IAYS CISD - Some peopleinterests already described, llive their lives in odd combi- McQuage and Boardman are Matt Boardman Luke McQuage nations. Especially intelligent football players, now linked as the people, first two Hays playersevernamed but in the classroom" Shelton "I've been procrastinating" Luke McQuage is a senior at to the Texas High School Football said. "It's good for the younger McQuage said. Hays High School, ranked sev- Coaches Association's all-state guys in the program to see that." Boardman said he has enth in his class. He wants to earn academic team. McQuage, a McQuage, a National Merit received his insiration as a sum- a college degree in electrical engi- defensive tackle, made the first Scholar conunended student with mer counselor at Camp Buckner. neering, then go to law school, team, while Boardman, a kicker, a 1460 SAT score, said electrical He also signs at Wednesday What kind of comb'marion is made the second team. engineering "sounds like a good evening worship services. that? Hays football coach Bob idea right now." His brother Matt A soccer player during his "It's a profitable combina- Shelton said the all-state academ- is earning a masters in electrical high school days, Boardman said tion," said McQuage's father, ic team has only been in place for engineering at Texas Tech.he isn't sure he has enough of the Milton McQuage, who adminis- the last few years. Shelton nomi- But McQuage said he isn't game left in him to play in col- trates Child, Inc a Head Start nated the two players, not entirely exactly sure where he will attend lege. However, he said he might program in Austin. sure what to expect, college. He remains interested in walk-on as a kicker if he attends Matt Boardman, a Hays HighMcQuage said he had never the University of Texas, Texas Texas A&M, which is his prefer- School senior ranked llth in his heard of the academic all-state Tech, Southern Methodist ence. class, used to enjoy studying team until Shelton told him he University, Stanford University McQuage said he might try math, but he's now more into his- had made it. Boardman said he and the University of Miami. some kind of intramural sports in tory and government. He said he knew about the all-state acedemic While he's guaranteed admission college. But that college won't be was baptized Lutheran, raised team, but didn't know if his at Texas because of his class A&M. Methodist and now goes to a grades were sufficient, standing, he has otherwise only "That's not allowed at our Baptist Church. "I think it's good to have guys been accepted at the Colorado house" said Milton McQuage, He said he'll probably study who excel not only on the field, School of Mines. with a grin. 424 N. Loop 4 Buda, Texas 512-31", ooe Barbara B. Peel Residence Ann-Marie Pecu Residence Mike Col 496-1 De mh, GR[, CRS 312-0004 ch Sheely, Esq. 312-1944 onnetta 457 Bond Banter, from page 1 point. "Anyone can make a case *for needing more schools if they under- estlimate school cap~ities and over- state growth" Bales said. " There is no basis for the invented term 'practical capacities.' This is not a standard practice in estimating school capacity." Under the district's "most like- ly" growth scenario, the school dis- trict would exceed its middle school practical capacity, in the spring of 2005, with the real capacity to be exceeded the following school year. Bond opponents use historical growth rates, which are smaller than the school district's projected rates, in their calculations. For example, the school district projects a growth rate of 8.96 percent in 2003-4, 10.67 percent in 2004-5 and 11.77 in 2005-6. Since 1999, ~e district's largg~ actual gt~W~i! rate was 10.35, from 1999-2000 to 2000-I. The district's estimates project- ed that enrollment on Oct. 15, 2002, would be 8,722, a 7.72 percent increase from a year earler. But growth this year has lagged behind that number. As of Jan. 27, the dis- trict enrolled 8,621 students, an increase of 6.2 percent from 8,118 on the same date last year Board members also argued Monday night that rigging the attendance zones to optimize capac- ity at all the middle schools would force the school district to bus stu- dents around the district and com- promise the goal of neighborhood schools. "Some people have suggested that we bus students from over-uti- lized schools to under-utilized schools" HCISD board President Laurie Cromwell said. "I suppose that could be a solution to some of our problems. But this board and the community that I have talked to believe neighborhood schools is one of the most important things the school district can provide" On the question of growth, again, who has the crystal ball? While it's true that the district has- n't grown as fast as it estimated going into the 2001 bond, it's just as true that Buda was under a building moratorium for nine months last year. Buda's moratorium probably didn't make a big difference in this year's enrollments, but the lifting of the moratorium has opened the floodgates for builders, who are rushing to the city with their appli- cations. Presumably, they think someone is going to buy those houses. Bond opponents use historical growth scenarios, which is a responsible and rational approach. Then again, some signs point to an unprecedented boom if the econo- my lifts. Which will it be? You decide. You might want to do your own math on the tax impact of this bond issue. The school district says it will add a nickel per year for three years on the Interest & Sinking (I&S) side of the tax rate, which equates to a $50 per year increase for three years on a $100,000 home. A couple points are worth mak- ing. First, a good number of voters live in more expensive houses. And that $50 figure assumes that indi- vidual property valuations won't increase every year, which, of course, just isn't true. The school district hasn't raised the I&S tax a penny more than it said it would while campaigning for the 2001 bond. However, prop- erty taxes have increased much more than "a nickel per year" would suggest. Suppose, for the sake of argu- ment, you live in a $100,000 home and the I&S rate today is 38.63 cents per $100 of valuation. You're I&S tax is $386.30. Next year, you have five cents added to the I&S rate. But your house isn't appraised at $100,000 anymore, because the appraisal district raises you five percent. Now, your $105,000 house is taxed at 43.63 cents; raisfl~g yotff i&$" taX' t6' : $458.12. Add two more years of five-cent increases to the I&S rate and five percent increases in your appraisal and those I&S bills will come to $536.14 and $591.27. In three years, your I&S tax increased by $204.97, an average increase of $68.32 per year and a 53 percent increase over today's I&S rate. Of course, that's using modest appraisal increases and it's not counting the property tax increases also going to the county and your city, which concur with rising property values, whether those entities raise their tax rates or not. The school district can be counted upon to raise the I&S rate a nickel per year, as promised. But it ain't going to come to $50 per year for the "average" homeowner. It will come to more like $70 added each year. Which is not to say the price isn't worth paying. Again, that's between you and your ballot. Here's an interesting perspec- tive from Hays CISD Trustee Chip DuPont. If you can find a fallacy, let us know. The school district pays $60,000 per portable building, each of which holds two classrooms. Figuring in the additional costs of wiring and a few models that include restrooms, put it at a bit less than $70,000 per portable. A penny on the tax rate raises a little more than $140,000, after figuring that some of the taxes aren't collected. That means the school district would have to raise the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) rate by a penny to pay for two porta- bles. Figuring 25 students to a class- room, each portable holds 50 stu- dents. That means an increase of 50 students could raise the M&O rate by a penny, if the bond doesn't pass. And that means an increase of 500 students beyond capacity - bracket- ing the argument about "real" ver- sus "practical" capacity- would increase the M&O rate by a niclcel, which is the increase (on the I&S side) promised by the school district if the bond passes. So, if that kind of growth occurs and the bond doesn't pass, then the district stands to raise taxes by a nickel, anyway, with portables, rather than permanent 'buildings, to show for it. Javier Ledesma Independent Owner 311 Cheatharn St. San Marcos, 3)( 78666 (512) 392-0207 When you Jackson Hewitt's ,Get all the credits and deductions you Fast, accurate, computerized retums. Friendly service, convenient hours. FREE electronic filing with paid tax 905 N. Loop 4 Buda, TX 78610 (512) 295-3757 378 Landa New Braunfels, 1)( 78130 (83O) 6O8-9899 www.jack$on hewitt.com Independently Owned and Operated for the location noarest Most offices are independently owned and operated. 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