Voters in the small Panhandle community of Dalhart will have an expensive decision to make when they head to the polls this May.

On May 6, voters in Dalhart Independent School District will decide whether to approve a $50 million bond item to fund new construction and improvements for school district facilities. In particular, the item would fund the construction of a new intermediate campus, renovations to existing campuses, HVAC renovations, and renovations to the district’s baseball complex.

The Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place this item on the ballot. According to a statement from Board President Bob Bailey, he believes this decision “reflects the values” of the district.

“The information [the community] provided allowed us, as a board, to unanimously call this election with a proposal that reflects the values of those we represent,” Bailey told KAMR-TV.

With this bond election on the ballot, Dalhart voters will now decide the largest bond package in the school district’s history. According to the Texas Bond Review Board, voters previously passed two bond items in 2006, but those totaled a combined $19.4 million.

Thomas Warren

Thomas Warren, III is the editor-in-chief of the Amarillo Pioneer newspaper in Amarillo, Texas.