AISD board approves $1 billion bond package for May ballot

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 12:08 PM

AUSTIN -- A nearly $1 billion bond package for Austin schools will be on the May ballot.

The Austin Independent School Board trustees voted unanimously Monday night to put the bond package before voters. It's the third bond package in nine years.

The $892 million proposal includes enhanced safety and security measures, the easing of overcrowding issues and what the district says are much needed improvements to aging infrastructures at some facilities.

If voters give the approval in an election, which could either happen in May or November, some of the bond money could also be used for fine arts and athletic programs as well.

Vincent Torres, the AISD president, told KVUE that the proposed bond package would mean a 3.5 cents increase per every $1,000. In other words, the average Austinite could be spending $70 more per year in property taxes.


 

 

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