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City’s offer for land puts ball in EISD’s court

We were intrigued to see the city offering the school district a sweet deal on a piece of property that has stood unused for a long time.
The proposed purpose for the purchase is also a good thing for the city. Adding a soccer complex would expand on an already growing athletics base in Ennis that has become a foundation of the city’s persona, much like our vaunted school district itself.

The school district stands to gain a lot from the deal. A soccer complex fit to host the Ennis Independent School District’s maturing soccer teams as they grow and improve in district standings would certainly be a benefit, but the cash payout to the district shouldn’t be overlooked. With more than $375,000 on the table, it’s a lot of money to think about. Imagine the possibilities for capital purchases. There’s also the possibility of shoring up current obligations in the short term as our economy and property tax revenues so vital to the district’s health retract.

The city is even proposing to keep the current parking accommodations to save money in the overall project cost and make use of existing facilities.

We haven’t seen the plans for the project yet — the district has yet to approve the sale and work is highly preliminary at this point — but it seems like a good idea to make use of a piece of land in the district’s holdings that has been an abandoned spot for some time.

Our fellow taxpayers should be happy to hear the proposal won’t really cost any more than we’ve already paid to the city — and the benefit comes in moving our money from one entity to another at zero additional cost to us.

We’re behind the proposal, as we think adding more amenities to Ennis is a good thing and has the potential to help us grow in a positive way. We are interested to see what the school district does with the ball in their court.

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