AISD board set to consider bond election

June 19, 2017 - 7:36 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) - Austin ISD trustees will consider calling a November bond election at tonight's board meeting.

At a working session last week, board members were presented two different groups of projects. One contained what administrators consider the most critical projects, totalling $989 million. That package would include 14 new or modernized campuses, including renovations to Bowie High School, a new elementary school in southwest Austin, and rebuilding T.A. Brown Elementary.

The group also put together a secondary package of projects that totals $407 million. In all, the district's Facility Master Plan identifies some $4 billion in upgrades needed across the district. Trustees have the final say on what projects would go into a bond package before voters.

District administrators have said that if the bond package remains under $1 billion, taxpayers won't face an increase in the property tax rate.

The proposals aren't without opposition. Last week, the Travis County Taxpayers' Union called for a second opinion on the condition of Brown Elementary. In a separate agenda item in tonight's meeting, trustees are expected to vote on awarding a demolition contract for the campus, using $500,000 from the 2013 bond program.

The board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; a vote on the bond package could come after 10 p.m.

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