Trustee Threatened With Removal For Opposing $285 Million ISD Bond
The bond is currently on the ballot for GCCISD.
If you’re a Current Revolt reader, you probably already know that most bonds are scams, and the following bond seems to be no different.
A proposed Goose Creed Consolidated Independent School Disctrict (GCCISD) bond asks for $285,000,000 to replace an entire high school.
The bond reads as follows:
Some interesting points from a structural assessment:
No immediate life-safety issues were identified.
Repairs are estimated to cost $80 million, as opposed to $285 million for a full replacement.
They say repairs only cover structural concerns (the most important parts) and complain it doesn’t address aesthetics.
The complete replacement would require a minimum of 2 years of displacing students, requiring them to attend school in portable buildings.
These portable buildings would cost $6 million.
They say repairing instead of replacing would have “drastic negative impacts to the instructional enviornment” but apparently displacing students and forcing them to work in portable buildings for 2 years isn’t a negative impact?
The entire explanation is odd. But it gets stranger.
A pro-bond PAC was recently formed called GC Bond 23. At the time of formation, 100% of the funding came from corporations that could profit from the school contracts if the bond were to pass.
The report shows that the PAC only received two contributions totaling $7500, a corporate contribution from Comex Corporation of LaPorte, TX in the amount of $2500 and a $5000 corporate contribution from Dally and Associates of Houston, TX. Not a single resident of Baytown has made any financial contribution in any amount on this report.
Updated records with the Texas Ethics Commission this week show $20,000 in new contributions.
The following corporations made up the entirety of the $27,500 belonging to the PAC:
$5000 Pfluger Architects Inc, Austin, TX
$5000 Wylie Consulting Engineers Houston, TX
$5000 Dally & Associates, Houston, TX
$5000 Ema Engineering & Consulting Tyler, TX
$2500 Educator's Depot Sugarland, TX
$2500 Comex Corporation, Laporte, TX
$1500 PBX Houston, TX
$1000 Paradigm Consultants Austin, TX
Wow. The pro-bond PAC’s contributions are exclusively from corporations, architects, engineers, and consultants. We wonder what types of companies would benefit from a $285 million school replacement. Maybe the ones in this pro-bond PAC?
Only one trustee voted against the bond appearing on the ballot.
Not only voting against the bond, Mercedes Renteria III went further and is now the treasurer for Taxpayers For Baytown, a committee focused on good government spending and opposition to irresponsible ballot measures.
Taxpayers For Baytown announced their full opposition to GCCISD debt bonds.
Several other elected officials offered support for Taxpayers for Baytown including State Representatives Briscoe Cain and Terri Wilson, as well as Baytown Councilman Ken Griffith.
Now word is spreading that the trustees favoring the bond are planning on somehow punishing Renteria for speaking out against it. Many people are saying they’re looking at an attempt to remove him.
Big if true.
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