Leander, Lake Travis ISD bonds pass; Bastrop fails

November 07, 2017 - 11:04 pm

(KJCE) -- Voters in the Lake Travis and Leander school districts approved school bonds Tuesday night, while Bastrop voters rejected the second bond proposal in two years.

Lake Travis: Officials sought approval for $253 million to build new schools in the growing district, including a new middle school in Bee Cave and a new elementary school in Rough Hollow. Other projects include land purchases for future schools, improvements to existing campuses, and upgrades to district technology and other infrastructure improvements.

Leander: District officials put a $454.4 million proposal before voters that would pay for four new schools, land purchases for nine more schools, upgrades to the district's transportation infrastructure, and security improvements. District officials say the growth of the district, like other areas in Central Texas, allows them to pay off the bonds without raising tax rates. Voters approved the measure, with 66 percent for and 34 percent against.

Bastrop: Voters rejected an $88 million proposal that would have upgraded the district's two high schools, built a new middle school and expanded two others, and reconfiguring other campuses. Improvements and repairs to roofing and infrastructure were also included. District officials said the tax rate would have increased by two cents to $1.46 per $100 valuation, meaning an average homeowner with a home valued at $143,079 would pay an extra $24.21 annually.

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