Health, renovations win over security, fine arts in AISD bond vote



Posted on May 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Saturday, May 11 at 10:44 PM

AUSTIN -- The results are in. Two of four propositions making up a nearly billion-dollar bond package for the Austin School District have passed.

The race was tight on Election Day. Propositions 1 and 3 passed, while voters went against 2 and 4.

Prop 1 allocates $140.5 million for health and technology. It gained 51 percent of the vote. Prop 3 requires $349 million in renovations and repairs for the district. It passed with 51 percent of the vote as well.

Proposition 2 allocated $233 million in safety and security. Fifty percent of voters voted for Prop 2, but it fell short by only 199 votes.

Only 49 percent of the voters were for Prop 4, which would give $168 million to fine arts and athletic programs in the district.

Only 5 percent of the voting population showed up in early voting. Last May voter turnout was roughly 10 percent, with a mayoral and a couple of city council races.

With nearly a billion dollars at stake for the school district this year, voters say they were surprised more people didn't show up to cast a vote on Election Day.

"I'm really shocked, totally shocked. I mean, maybe a little bit is due to early voting but honestly I'm really surprised it seems like there's a lot of strong feelings one way or another and I'm surprised more people haven't come to make their opinion known," said Matt Willson, who voted early this year.

If all the bonds passed, the average homeowner in AISD would have seen property taxes go up about $70 per year.

See all election results here.

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