Early voting for city and school elections begins Monday

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HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — From campus and security improvements to new schools and district seats up for grabs, those are just some of the items up for a vote during this year’s election. 

Starting Monday, people can cast their ballots for city and school elections’ as early voting kicks off.

Here’s a look at the school districts with bonds 

  • Hutto ISD is asking for $194 million for a new middle school and campus improvements.
  • Eanes ISD is asking for $80 million for a new aquatics facility and new student programs.
  • Luling ISD is asking for $31.9 million for a new elementary school and other school facilities improvements.
  • Llano ISD is asking for $10 million for renovations of the Llano High School science labs and for safety upgrades.
  • Prairie Lea ISD is asking for $8 million to build a new high school and fund renovations to existing elementary campus.
  • Blanco ISD is asking for $1.35 million for maintenance, safety, and athletic facility improvements.

Hutto’s bond has the largest price tag on the list and the district said it’s necessary as they expect about 2,500 more students in the next five years. While some parents are worried about property taxes, most said they want the bond to pass including Valerie Marcano.

“It may be something that we need, but we have to be realistic and expect that we will have to pay for it somewhere, there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” Marcano said. 

Hutto ISD said they do not anticipate a tax hike. Currently, homeowners in the area pay $1.60 per $100 value. 

For mother of two, Heather Cook she believes the new baseball scouting organization, Perfect Game, moving its national headquarters to Hutto will make a difference and help with the city and school’s economy moving forward. 

“I think it’s great, we need to make the schools better for the kids and the funds will come in,” Cook said. “The new sports complex will bring in $200 million a year whereas right now we are at $30 million a year so a $200 million bond will be made up.”

Georgetown’s City Council will also begin its early voting process tomorrow, with districts three, four, and seven for the taking. 

Austin will not take part in the May city elections but will maintain their schedule for elections in November.

Early voting runs through Tuesday, April 30. Election Day is Saturday, May 4. 

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