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Page 10 • The Free Press Current Events May 1, 2003 WHAT THEY SAID: - -..T- expenses except bond counsel and election costs I -#'- and will bill the issuer for such expenses along with _-- I the financial advisory fee after successful delivery of I ".-.--.e the bond proceeds. On a negotiated sales, expens- I L,__. - es will be deducted from the proceeds at the time of ]  ........  delivery." .'_ ,'..." - . Signed by Bry,ceC Ba.les,L.-.' I  Th0 ]ll0 C0BI/'llCt* /-'resident of the HCISD Boaro or trustees / I Attest to by: Tommy Seargeant, Secretary HCISD Board of ,dw ''' Idgnod by BIIiel & Sellrgelllt Trustees Appendix A: Proposal and Agreement between First Southwest Company and Hays Consolidated Independent School DisMct for Financial and Advisory Services --November 30, 1995 WHAT THEY SAIl)-- JOE GRAHAM "Have them produce the receipts. I would like to look at the documents before I would believe any of it." --Free Press 4/24/03 (The documents were obtained through Freedom of Information Act from SctTool DisMct Records and appear to your fight.) Q: Mr. Graham, you were on these trips. Do you not remember taking these trips to New York? Q: Mr. Graham, you were the Business Manager of HCISD. Wouldn't you have been the FIRST,person to receive the costs associated with each tdp? BRYCE BALES "I'm not an expert on what a limo costs. Obviously, we're financially responsible. So if we had known about those costs, it would have gotten our attention." --Free Press 4/24/03 "We did not know they were tacking this on their fee. How would we?" --Bryce Bales, e-mail sent 4/23/03 Q: "Mr. Bales, you have stated in numerous letters to the editor that you are a CPA by profession. How did you not know that a limosine costs more than a taxi? More importantly, how could you as Board President and a CPA not have asked the basic question, "Who is paying for all of this?" Q: "Mr, Bales, in your email sent 4/23/03, you state that you did not know these costs were being paid out of the bond proceeds, which means they must be repaid by the taxpayers. You imply that you were told that our Bond Advisory Company, First Southwest, was paying the costs. First Southwest and their rep- resentative Garry Kimball, is the same company that advises the board today and you once praised their services when they were also the advisors to you when you served as President of the Board." Clio NHII YORK BOND lUHINB PfeeKON 8emplrleen The 1996 & 1997 NY btli Itenerlry* ... % r Ilidestlc, Yankees, Nolnisley Sunset i N the World, Park Lane Blvd. *All dedu6mnte were obt.elned by the euqy of the Freddom of Information Act JOE GRAHAM, BRYCE BALES AND TOMMY SEARGEANT You have been some of the most vocal cntics of the current school board and administration for the last two years. You opposed the 2001 Bonds that built Lehman High School, the Performing Arts Center, upgraded our athletic stadium, built the now already full additions at Elm Grove, Fuentes and Hemphill Elementades and you opposed the 2003 bonds, too. You attempted to conduct a "performance audit" of former Supedntendent Michael Hinojosa after he had only been here three months--because he implemented the curriculum and management audits that led to the reassignment of a number of school distdct employees including Joe Graham--from Business Manager to Director of Special Projects. Specifically, you have wntten dozens of letters to the editor and guest columns in local papers, cdticizing the board over their handling of the 2001 Bond Proceeds. Even though the Citizens Committee that reviewed those expenditures have now shown in their report that the 2001 Bonds have been spent on the items approved by the voters- and in some cases are under budget and ahead of schedule. In addition, because the school district's financial advisors recommended that bonds be sold at '1hey have now banded together as the Citizens Ior Responsible Education and are mwmlg Benmlves as the wor- thy stewards Of the Hays CISD's Hnancial resmlrcmL How can you Inlet these men with millions of dollurs of tax-payer nlone when they shownd they could not curtail their own spending when Ihey had a chancetr ---DR. WALTER RUDZlNSKI "llew can you luppenlqleedlng tax dsi- birl ta see a Yeekees Ume In New York, and OPilOee bldiding a mdium ilulle eneegh lot ew cmlmmlmy ot heme?" one time, HCISD has qualified for the Institutional Fund Allotment from the State of Texas which has paid over half of our current bond indebtedness--saving the tax- payers over $5 million dollars. Documents revealed last week, through Freedom of Information Act, show that when you were on the board and staff (Bales-Board President, Seargeant-- Board Vice President, GrahamHCISD Business Manager) you took two trips to New York, in 1996 and 1997, to make bond presentations to sell the bonds. Seventeen people went on those tdps and spent a total over $41,000--including tickets to a New York Yankees baseball game, Broadway Plays of Sunset Blvd and Majestic and hotel stay s at the Helmsley Park Lane and "round the clock" limousine service-- ALL PAID FOR WITH MONIES THAT WERE SUP- POSED TO BUILD SCHOOLS AND MUST BE REPAID BY THE HAYS CISD TAXPAYERS. By comparison, the current school board, on their one trip to New York to make the bond presen- tation in 2001, took only 5 individuals and spent $9,500, to issue $89.5 million in bonds. You spent four times as much money to issue half as much. Joe Graham, your campaign ads and supporters say you are a "man of integrity". Then we ask you to immediately repay the school district for the money spent by you and the other officials that was frivolous and unnecessary. The bottom line Is the bottom line. The Citizens for Responsible Education, led by Bales, Seargoant, Graham, and Tenorlo, told us to "trust" them,., in light of this new Informa- tion, if we couldn't trust their judg- ment then, hew can we trust their Judgment now?" --GENE LUSBY, ’PA l"teosuror, #ltlzons lor Better Schools "Hew can YOU support using tax dol- lars to see plays on Broadway, but oppose tax dollars being spent to build a Performing Arts Center so plays can be seen In our commHnlty?" 00 TO WWW.BBDATi.OOM TO SEE ALL RELATED CONTRACTS AND DOCUMENTS Paid for by the Parents Wanti'ng Answers, P.O. Box 1174, Buda, Texas 78610, Sandi Kornfuehrer, Treasurer "Debbie has been in}trumental in her role as Council member. She can count on our vote for one simple reason, she always looks out for what is best for District 6." --Allen & Lisa Tork The Trails Residents "When we moved here, Debbie was one of the first who wel- comed us to Kyle. She is very knowledgeable and respectful and knows City of Kyle busi- ness." --Louis & Terri Morene Southlake Ranch Residents "Several years ago I had the pleasure of working closely with Dabble Mufloz while 15 of us wrote the Kyle City Charter that was later over- whelmingly adopted by the voters of Kyle. As s close observer of Kyle City Councils and their members over the past 50 years, I rate Debbie Mufioz in the upper echelon of those who have served this community. I urge her re-elec- tion to serve the district in which I live." --Bob Bartoa DiJict 6 Voter "I first worked with Dabble on the Home Rule Charter Commission and was impressed with her knowledge and ability to communicate well in a team setting. Over the last two years, Debbie has listened to the peru pie of this community; she has studies the issues and voted with Kyle's best interest at heart. 1 trust she will remain committed .to this community and to the folks who live here." -P Former Mayor and mender of thc Home Rule. CImrter Commission VOTE S AT UR 1)A, MAY 3RD "Debbie Mufioz deserves reelection to the City Council. She has been good to Steeplechase and was one of the first to work on our erosion control problems." ' --Chris & Roxy Gonzalez Steeplechase "l, like Debbie, moved here to get away from Austin. She has been very approachable and a great City Conncilwoman." -- Annette Chardin The Park at Steeplechase "As a member of law enforce- ment, your police, fire and EMS personnel have a friend in Debbie Muoz." --Jesse 'lYevino The Trails North Pcqkll Ad Paid for by tho Munoz , P.Q. 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