AUSTIN -- Mayor Lee Leffingwell is throwing his support behind the nearly billion dollar bond package for the Austin School District which is currently up for a vote.
Tuesday morning the mayor was joined with other supporters for the $892 million bond to explain why Austinites should approve the proposal.
The package is the most expensive in AISD history. It's divided into four propositions, and the money would go toward repairs and expansions.
The bond would raise the tax rate by about three and a half percent. This means the average homeowner would pay about $70 more a year.
"Public schools help to lay the educational foundation that enable me to stand in front of you today as mayor of our great city. Our schools must continue to provide opportunity for our kids now and to enhance their lives and our community," Mayor Leffingwell said.
More than 2,000 Travis County residents showed up at the polls for the first day of early voting on Monday.