Texas Voters Approve Nearly $8 Billion in Bond Debt

Voters across Texas weighed in on local bonds and collectively approved nearly $8 billion in bond debt.

Texas Scorecard was only able to confirm the rejection of four bond propositions out of the state’s 84: Alpine ISD of $22 million, Southside ISD $17 million, Harleton ISD for $12.9 million, and Christoval ISD for $11.6 million.

Some of the biggest approvals were in Fort Bend ISD which won a $992.6 million bond proposal, the City of Austin approved seven bonds totaling $925 million, and Collin County which was $750 million.

The total amount approved by confirmed school districts, cities, counties, and colleges was $7.8 billion. That number could go up as additional results come in from counties that have yet to post their results online.

Some districts, like Caldwell and Eustace, came to voters for the second time after voters rejected bonds in May. On the other hand, the College of the Mainland, a community college in Texas City, approved a bond of $210 million, its first bond proposal since 1970.

Overall, Texans across the state accepted a mountainous amount of debt and, with local debt being a primary driver of property taxes, those who voted “no” can only hope that the next legislative session provides them some relief.

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Charles Blain

Charles leads the Houston Bureau for Empower Texans and Texas Scorecard. A native New Jerseyan, he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied Political Science, with a concentration on American Political Studies. Charles loves loud music, Jeeps, and his dog Maxx. He is also a reptile enthusiast who loves any animal that slithers, crawls, or climbs.

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