AUSTIN (KXAN) - Propositions 1 and 3 came from behind Saturday night to win in the Austin Independent School District's $892 million package elections. The other two fell short.
The margins were relatively tight in all of the Austin school bond elections. Proposition 1 won 51-49 and passed by fewer thn 500 votes. Proposition 2 was 50-50, but lost by 199 votes. Proposition 3 was ahead 51-49 and won by 1,000 votes. Proposition 4 was defeated 51-49 by an 836-vote margin.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said she expected the four races to be close.
"We asked a lot of the people of Austin," Carstarphen told KXAN. "We're thrilled. We're so appreciative of the generosity of our taxpayers. I know that things are tough for people all over. We're just really excited that over 489 million dollars will be invested and used well in AISD."
In the Pflugerville school board elections, all three incumbents were re-elected, according to complete but unofficial returns. One of the incumbents, Vernagene Mott, was unopposed. Trustee Mario Acosta defeated challenger Tony Hanson 54.4 percent to 45.6 percent. Trustee Carol Fletcher defeated Lance Sandlin 57 percent to 43 percent.
Voters were able to pick and choose which parts of the plan they think are worth the money. It's the largest bond package in AISD history.
"It's going to take a lot of extra work to figure out how to manage the overcrowding," Carstarphen said. "We know that we needed additions and deal with basic services like bathrooms and cafeteria space. We don't have any immediate solutions for that. We'll be going back to the drawing board."
Here is how the nonpartisan League of Women Voters explains the four proposals on the ballot.
- Equipment for technology, health and improving energy conservation
- Cost: $140.5 million
- Building new Schools for overcrowding
- Safety and security
- Improving facilities for fine arts, physical education and athletics
- Cost: $233.9 million
- Repairs for aging schools
- infrastructure renovations
- Safeguard investments
- School library renovations
- Cost: $349.1 million
- Academic initiatives
- Facility improvements for for fine arts, physical education and the old Anderson High School.
- Cost: $168.5 million
If the entire package passes, it would cost homeowners with a house valued at $200,000 about $70 a year which is about $5.85 a month. People older than 65 qualify for additional homestead exemptions, meaning their tax impact would not be as great.
Property tax for a business would be about $178 a year on a median value of about $509,385.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.