An important election is upon us. It has nothing to do with who should answer the phone at 3 a.m. You probably won’t see any television advertisements for the candidates. It is unlikely that five thousand people will show up to vote. I am referring to the Tarrant County College District Trustee Election.
If you live in the mid-cities area or Arlington, you get to vote for your representative on the TCCD Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 10.
Why should you care?
- The TCCD Board of Trustees is responsible for footing the bill for the new downtown campus, which has soared to $300 million. This campus was supposed to be operating by 2008, but still has not been completed.
- The board commissioned a study that revealed that the new campus is in an area that is very high-risk for rape. When the study was completed, the board tried to keep the documents from being released to the public.
- The board was supposed to propose a bond for the original estimated $100 million cost of the downtown campus, which residents would be able to vote on. Instead, they managed to save away enough money to fund the project without asking tax-payers for the green light. Where did $100 million dollars come from? It was reallocated from other programs on the existing campuses.
You can find out about ballot times and locations on the TCCD website. I would encourage you to do a little research on the candidates and head to the polls.
Vaya con Dios, amigos.