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Jun 10, 2014 11:05 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Triple Tax Increase Possible On November Ballot

CORPUS CHRISTI - It appears that three separate taxing entities will ask you for more money in the November election.

The CCISD school board made it clear Monday that they want to put their bond election on the ballot, but they're not alone.

Both the City of Corpus Christi and Del Mar College plan to put a similar proposal on the ballot.

The last time Del Mar asked voters for money was 2003.

Voters approved $103 million to fund programs to train nurses, aircraft mechanics, and more.

Del Mar regents are now considering anywhere from $130 to $290 million to fund more improvements and expansions.

$130 million would be spent on the existing East and West campuses.

Another $159 would help build a third campus at Rodd Field and Yorktown

Board of Regents Chair Trey McCampbell believes a $48 dollar annual tax increase for a home worth $100,000 is worth it.

"We're taking people that would be on welfare or underemployed, and getting them great jobs where they may make $50-60,000 dollars a year. So what's it worth? Is it worth four dollars a month?"

CCISD intends to ask voters for $250 million to replace several aging campuses and make improvements to many more.

However, the cost to taxpayers is still unclear, because the final property values are still unknown.

If property values were unchanged,

The final valuation figures are expected to arrive from the Appraisal District on July 25.

And finally, the City of Corpus Christi plans to ask voters to fund some or all of $85 million in projects to repair streets and improve public safety.

Collectively, voters could be asked to fork over more than $600 million, forcing each group to put together a strong sales pitch.

CCISD Board Member Lucy Rubio says believes the school district's record on bond elections is a strength.

"Whatever we have promised, we have kept our promise, and we're hoping that the voters decide that because we have done well by ours, that they will support us," she says.

"All three have needs, and all three are valid needs that really ought to be fairly weighed by the voters," adds McCampbell, "and let the voters determine what they'd like to do.

The City typically goes to voters every four years to ask for bond money, however this bond election would come only two years after the last one in 2012.

City Manager Ron Olson feels that if they want to make a difference in the quality of the streets, they can't afford to wait four years each time.

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