AUSTIN (KXAN) - Day two of early voting for the Austin ISD school bond package brought supporters to the steps of Austin city hall.
The Mayor Lee Leffingwell, school board members, several chambers of commerce and school parents stood united in front of City Hall on Tuesday morning chanting "Fix Austin schools!"
"Our schools must continue to provide opportunity for our kids now and to enhance their lives and our community," said Leffingwell. "We should not now abandon our students and teachers."
They are hoping voters get to the polls this week and vote in favor of the $892 million bond package that would repair, remodel, expand and help build new Austin schools for a growing population.
"Go vote today. Take a friend with you," said Leffingwell. "As a matter of fact, take a lot of friends with you. You can take a carload of friends every day until May 7, when early voting ends."
AISD parent Cathylynn Brown voted "yes" Monday morning for all four propositions on the ballot.
"That cafeteria at Murchison [Middle School] is exactly the same now as it was in the 70's when [my husband] attended," said Brown.
She and other parents question the motive of Don Zimmerman who has served as a spokesperson for the Travis County Taxpayers Union, a group opposing the election.
Zimmerman does not live in the Austin ISD boundary zone, and therefor does not pay Austin ISD property taxes.
"If you don't even have a horse in this race why are you so against funding to make our schools that our children will attend better?" asked Brown.
The bond opponent told KXAN News it is not something he wants to hide.
"I'm simply defending my neighbors," said Zimmerman. "I have nothing to gain except defending other Austin residents from an unwise and wasteful bond that will benefit contractors."
He and others in his group who are AISD taxpayers have pointed out they have records to show contractors from across the state and country have contributed to Committee for Austin's Children, a political action committee who backs the bond and is behind the "Fix Austin Schools" slogan.
"Attacking the messenger is a weak argument," said TCTU Communications Director Roger Faulk. "Facts are a powerful argument."
Early voting runs from April 30 - May 7. Election Day is Saturday, May 11.
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