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Dr. Royce Mitchell's AISD Board bid sparked by tax hike after budget surplus

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The upcoming Alvin Independent School District Board of Trustees election will be held May 12th, 2012. Dr. Royce Mitchell, a CEO and former Marine, a candidate for Position 3, participated in the candidate forum hosted by the Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce. When asked what the primary responsibility of a school board trustee is, Dr. Mitchell stated that “primarily, the trustees are to be sure that the district is properly funded to accomplish the purpose of educating children. To do that, the trustees must not only establish what those needs are but to the research to be certain that the taxpayers are getting the most for their money.”

His outrage at the property tax rate increase that the board passed in September 2011 was the reason he decided to become a candidate for the AISD Board saying, “I didn’t get interested until the budget surplus.”

His issue was, despite having greater than $10 million budget surplus, the Board of Trustees voted to raise taxes by a vote of 5 to 2 ignoring the objections expressed by the public who spoke at the board meeting. “My main reason for running, although the tax increase was the impetus for my interest, was really the lack of trust being generated by the actions of most of the current board.”

Dr. Mitchell’s stated goal is to re-establish trust with the community. “The voters can expect me to critically analyze all requests for funds from the Superintendent with an eye to making sure that not one more penny than is needed is spent.” He is also a proponent of zero based budgeting and reasonable standards on the dress code.

His opponents are Cheryl Harris, a social worker, and Becky Singleton, healthy living director.

Watch for future articles on other election articles.

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