Supports ofArlington schools $197.5 million bond issue will begin distributing their brightly colored “Vote For Our Kids” yard signs this weekend (see their logo at the left). But, that’s far from all they’re up to.
The Citizens for Arlington political action committee met Tuesday to talk about fund-raising and other activities. Treasurer Craig Forster reported they had about $11,300 in donations. He said previously that they hope to raise about $50,000 over the next few weeks.
The bond election is Nov. 3, with early voting starting Oct. 19. The $197.5 million package includes money for a new elementary school and two school additions to relieve overcrowding at elementary schools in east central Arlington. It also contains millions for buses, technology and fine arts purchases designed to get the district through 2015.
If the district is able to take advantage of some no-interest bonds authorized as part of the federal stimulus package, the bond would cost the owner of a $100,000 home with a $15,000 homestead exemption an extra $40 annually. For property owners with an over-65 exemption, there would be no increase.
Supporters believe that their biggest opponent at this point is the rough economy and voter apathy.
Citizens for Arlington has also set up a Website. It has a frequently asked questioned section and information about how to donate money that will be used for yard signs, direct mail and other publicity.