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Banner of Jesus opposing $189 million TISD bond election STOLEN in front of Texas High School

Nov 8, 2022

A large banner against the Texarkana ISD Bond Election paid for by a political action committee (PAC) with a painting of Christ has been ripped down and stolen - while all pro-bond election signs remain intact.

Three metal rods that held the sign remained in the ground inches from Texas High School on the corner of Kennedy Lane and Summerhill Road, which indicates the sign was ripped down and stolen.

Radio news reporter Tara Holley, who has not given an opinion on any Texas elections, described the sign as "an artful depiction of Jesus with a verse from the Bible. The verse across the bottom of the billboard is from the Book of Romans, Verse 12:12."

Holley said: "This is a verse many of us in East Texas have heard many times—whether at church when reading the Bible, or perhaps in a group Bible study. It's a lovely verse."

Romans 12:12 says: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."

Theft of free speech?

A local home healthcare worker who voted today at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center on the Texas High School campus said: "All the pro-bond election signs are still here. And I don't think there is a Jesus kleptomaniac out there, so this is just outright theft and silencing free speech. This is chilling."

TISD and its superintendent Doug Brubaker have been dogged by complaints that it has lied during the campaign about safety and security measures. 

Many opponents of the TISD bond issue felt the Jesus sign represented a well-deserved "slap in the face by Jesus" to the school district and administration for misleading voters during the election.

Oppressive taxation

The political action committee East Texas Christians Against Oppressive Taxes paid for the signs, and the group has also placed billboards and yard signs in communities. The group also opposes Smith County's $160 million bond election for a new courthouse. The largest city in Smith County is Tyler.

The cost of the TISD election is enormous - an eye-watering $365 million amortized over 30 years at 4.35% interest. And TISD has never had a bond election of more than $29 million, so the $189 million price tag is more than six and a half times greater than any previous proposal.

Pants on fire

Texarkana ISD has lied about its bond issue by telling voters on its campaign website that they must vote for the $130 million in spending on Proposition A to get campus security and fencing. But this is not true, and it is indeed a lie.

In June 2022, a month following the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting, the TISD Board of Trustees passed and approved funding for almost $2 million of the same security features promised in the bond election. Click here to read the TISD press release.

The approx $2 million for safety and security is already funded. But TISD is promising these already funded items as top features of Proposition A on its campaign website - TXKISD2022BOND.com: 1) Access Control at Every School 2) Security Fencing at Every School 3) Enhanced Fencing at THS Security 4) Window Film at School Entries.

And these are the same things that were approved and funded by the Board at the June 29 meeting. 

Voting in today's November 8 election ends at 7 pm.

Opposition to bond election with words "Vote No for Liars" which references the TISD campaign called "Vote Yes for Kids"
Full graphic image of sign paid for by East Texas Christians Against Oppressive Taxes.

CORRECTION: The words "Texas High School" at the beginning of a paragraph have been replaced with the abbreviation "TISD."

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