Millions approved for several districts; Eanes ISD voters shoot down bond

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Round Rock ISD:

Voters passed $300 million bond package Saturday for the Round Rock Independent School District.

The bonds cover building a new middle school and an elementary school, refreshing technology, renovations, and other projects.

The propositions covering growth in the district and new technology passed with 65 percent of the vote. Proposition 3, which sets aside money for fine arts venues, passed with 59 percent of the vote.

The three propositions would cost voters an average of $3.55 per month, according to RRISD. That’s for a home with a value of $200,264.

Pflugerville ISD:

Residents in Pflugerville approved a $287 million bond package that includes a proposed $104 million to build the district’s fourth high school and a 3,500 seat stadium east of SH130. The rest of the money would go toward a new elementary school, technology upgrades, and other improvements throughout the district.

The bond passed with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

According to our content partners at Community Impact Newspaper, PISD officials said there will be no increase to property tax rates if the bond is approved. Texas school districts divide property taxes into two portions: one part to fund maintenance and operations, and another to pay off debt accumulated through bonds. In 2012, the district’s board of trustees increased the tax rate for debt payments to 50 cents per $100 of property valuation, which is the maximum allowed under state law. By increasing the tax rate two years ago, the district has been able to clear enough debt off its books to add new bonds in 2014.

The State Comptroller’s office lists this as the 7th largest bond in Texas to be decided in the May 10th election.

Manor ISD:

Sixty-one percent of voters in Manor ISD helped pass $124.9 million in bonds. The bond won with 627 votes.

The money will be used for the acquisition, construction and equipment of school buildings. This includes improvements and additions to Manor High School, a new middle school, a new elementary school, and improvements to existing campuses and facilities. The purchase of school sites and school buses would also be included. The district says the bond would not change the district’s existing tax rate.

Dripping Springs ISD:

Residents passed a $92.4 million bond package Saturday in Dripping Springs. More than 58 percent of the votes were in favor of the bond.

$55.7 million will go toward construction of a new middle school and elementary campus if the bond passes. $14.75-million is for a new multi-purpose stadium. The district allotted $7.51 million for anticipated construction cost increases. The remaining funds would be used for other technology and facility improvements.

The district says if the bond passes, it would raise taxes by $8.33 per month on a home valued at $200,000.

Hays CISD:

Voters in Hays CISD approved bonds worth more than $59 million Saturday. 63 percent of voters were in favor of the bond.

$35 million will go toward a new middle school if the bond passes. More than $13 million is for telecommunications and technology equipment. Other improvements would include projects like safety and mechanical upgrades. The bond will raise taxes by $12.73 per month for a homeowner with a home valued at $200,000.

Eanes ISD:

Voters in Eanes ISD have turned down a $89.5 million bond. Fifty-five percent of voters (3,396) were against the bond.

Llano ISD:

In Llano ISD passed a $33.4 million bond with 64 percent of the vote.

The bond 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.

Several voters in Kingsland were against the vote saying it ignored the needs of their community.

Marble Falls ISD:

Voters in Marble Falls narrowly approved a school bond with 51 percent of the vote. Final numbers showed the vote passing 1,049 to 998.

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