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Fact Check: Can taxpayers recall 2018 CCISD bond?

 

Our recent revelation that Corpus Christi Independent School District spent nearly $200,000 to treat a termite infestation after failing to pre-treat Veterans Memorial High School has led to several questions by our viewers.

Earlier this week, KRIS 6 News learned CCISD paid Elite Exterminating nearly $200,000 to get rid of termites at the school this summer. Documents show termites were found in multiple areas across the VMHS campus.

Corpus Christi Independent School District trustees originally decided not to treat Veterans Memorial High School when it was constructed in order to cut costs on what ended up as the most expensive school in Corpus Christi history at the time of its construction. (KRIS file photo)

Based on figures provided by pest control experts, it would have been far cheaper had CCISD paid for termite treatment while the school was being built.

Many on Facebook are now questioning whether our tax dollars will be properly used to construct the new Carroll High School.

Rendering of proposed Carroll High School.

In tonight’s Fact Check, we ask is there a way voters can undo or recall the CCISD bond that passed three weeks ago.

We turned it over to the fact-check team for an answer and found out that no, these school bond elections can’t be recalled. It’s fiction.

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, unlike recall petitions, which some cities include in their charter to allow for a recall election of a mayor or city council member, there is no mechanism to undo a school district bond once it has passed.

Like any election, an election contest can be filed in court within 30 days of the final canvass if there were irregularities in the election. Other than that, there is no official mechanism in the Texas Election code that would allow a recall election for a school bond.

If there’s something you’d like for us to fact check, email your suggestions to factcheck@kristv.com.

Veronica Flores

Veronica Flores

Veronica "Ronnie" Flores is a content manager for KRIS 6 News.
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