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Jacksonville's Tomato Bowl Bond passes through

Community reacts to results

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) - Voters approved the Tomato Bowl Bond by nearly 80% of the vote.

It's a bond of 20 million dollars with 15 million going toward the high school stadium for renovations. The superintendent described it as an overwhelming almost 80 percent approval rate.

According to the preliminary report, 1,020 votes were cast for while 265 where against.

With this, Jacksonville ISD will move forward in their tomato bowl project. The last time the 77 year old Tomato Bowl was renovated was back in 1980.

Jacksonville ISD says it's time for the stadium to get a few upgrades, putting up a 20 million dollar bond on the ballot. The community agreed, passing the bond through.

When voters heard the results this evening at the public library, an overwhelming amount of applause broke out.

"The citizens can be assured that we are going to use these bonds funds for what we said we will utilize them for," Chad Kelly, superintendent, said.

"We had no idea it would be so overwhelming," a voter said. "It just says something about our town."

"As both of us being alumni from Jacksonville high school and being able to see that transformation, I think it's going to be fun," another voter said.

"This not only benefits our kids, our staff, our school district, but our community," a supporter said.

Jacksonville ISD says the average home will pay about 4 dollars more each month to pay for the upgrade costs. More bleachers, a new turf, an expansion of bathroom and locker room facilities, and more are expected to come from the bond money.

Starting Monday, the architects are going to get started with their design plans. They say that will take about four months. Then on the last home football game of this year--that's when they will celebrate and construction will begin.

For more information about the bond, you can go to Jacksonville ISD's website here.


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