Election roundup: Eanes, Hutto school bonds pass

May 05, 2019 - 9:35 am

AUSTN (Talk1370.com) -- Voters approved several area school bond proposals in Saturday's elections.

Eanes ISD asked voters for $80 million towards improving student facilities and programs, and new spaces for Westlake High School's aquatics, wrestling, robotics, and engineering programs. District officials said the bonds would not prompt a tax rate increase, instead being funded by annual increases in property values. 83 percent of voters cast a ballot in favor of the proposal.

In Hutto, 60 percent of district voters approved $194.4 million to improve school facilities and build a new middle school. Some of the funds will go towards renovations at the district's two existing middle schools. The district, which currently serves about 8,000 students, expects to add another 2,500 in the next five years. Like the Eanes bond, district officials don't plan to increase the tax rate, instead funding these improvements with growing property valuations.

Bond proposals in the Blanco, Llano, and Luling districts passed as well Saturday night. Voters in Prairie Lea ISD, however, rejected an $8 million proposal for a new high school and renovations to an elementary school.


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