Voters in the Whitesboro Independent School District will decide on a $1.7 million bond to add turf to the football field in the upcoming May 4 election.

Whitesboro ISD Superintendent Ryan Harper said if there are funds left over after the turf is installed, there are plans to use any remaining funds for a few additional improvements to the facilities, including bathrooms, concession stands and the pressbox.

“We’ve been talking about it for quite a while,” Harper said. “We didn’t want to raise taxes. After we refinanced some old bonds, we had enough to keep the rate at 19.5 percent and not raise taxes. The driving force this time was the extremely wet fall we had last year. We didn’t have very many home games for football. We thought we would put it in front of the voters to see if they would approve a turf solution to that problem.”

Harper said factors that would affect the cost of the turf installation would be the dirt underneath the current field, as well as the weather. He said if everything works out, the turf could be applied to the field by the start of the 2019 school year.

Harper explained the bond would help pay for the project, but reiterated there is enough money in the district’s funds to pay for bonds, so it would not impact the tax rate.

He said there has been public interest in adding turf to more fields, but the focus right now is on the football field.

Early voting runs through Tuesday. Cooke County voters who live in the district will vote in the same place and manner as Grayson County voters. The district has partnered with the city of Whitesboro and Grayson County to conduct the election.