AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin ISD school board is one step closer to a November bond election after Monday night’s meeting. Over the past few weeks, a bond committee has narrowed down a $3.9 billion wish list to a more prioritized list totaling $1.5 billion in critical projects.
Board members pressed the administration to whittle down the list even more to make it clear which projects are classified as “worst-first” projects, meaning they are the campuses in the worst shape that need to be addressed first.
AISD Chief Financial Officer Nicole Johnson told trustees the district can ask voters to approve up to $1 billion in bonds without an increase to the tax rate.
“We’re talking about keeping it so that there’s no tax rate increase, but that will mean we will be cutting from this really important list of projects that we are very proud of,” said Trustee Julie Cowan. “Some of our facilities are in terrible condition at this point.”
The bond committee will meet again Tuesday to finalize the bond proposal based on feedback from the school board.
A final vote from the board on calling a November bond election is not expected until June 19.