Llano voters to decide on $33M school bond Saturday

LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — Llano ISD superintendent Casey Callahan says improvement to the one of city’s elementary schools are long overdue, and some are even essential.

“Enclosing all of them where it’s one enclosed facility,” Callahan said as he explained some of the improvements that will be made to the building. “A secure entrance and exit and allows us to be able to monitor who is in the building, who is out of the building.”

Voters will decide whether to vote for a $33.4 million package which includes replacing Llano Elementary and renovating the middle school. These two campuses will cost $21.2 million. The rest of the bond consists of $1,600,000 to replace buses, energy efficiency upgrades and even artificial field turf.

“We’re actually proposing to put AstroTurf on our existing football field,” added Callahan, “to conserve water.”

The full list of proposed bond project can be found here on the Llano ISD website. 

Llano school board president Ronnie Rudd says it’s time to cash in on a seven year debt reduction plan and under the current format, residents’  tax rates won’t change.

“We have enough capacity, if you will, in our debt,” Rudd explained, “to be able to add additional debt and keep the tax rate the same.”

Unlike income from other taxes, bond revenue cannot be used or operating expenses or staff salaries. Money generated from bonds can only be used on the projects voters approve.

District officials key in on one particular point when discussing the bond; bond money isn’t subject to the state’s Robin Hood rules.

Llano ISD is classified by the Texas Education Agency as a “property rich district.” That classification means the district required to send up to 50 percent of money generated by part of its taxes to the state to be distributed among “property poor” districts.

But exciting as all these changes might be, voters will have the final word Saturday.

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