Leander ISD voters pass small portion of bond, narrowly reject two other propositions

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LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Leander Independent School District voters approved one proposition to provide bonds for improvements in district technology, but rejected two others as part of the largest bond the school district has ever asked for.

Proposition B, which provides more than $33 million for the technology improvements, passed by 805 votes, 52%-48%, as the only portion of the bond that voters approved.

Propositions A and C both failed by narrow margins. Prop A, which included bond money for the majority of proposed projects at a whopping $727 million, failed by 215 votes in a near 50-50 split. Prop C would have provided more than $11 million to renovate performing arts centers and auditoriums. It failed by 765 votes, 52%-48%.

The board considered three bond length and amount options before picking the three-year $777.2 million bond option. This option will include $41 million in bond savings from an unbuilt elementary school in the 2007 bond toward the total bond cost. 

In Leander ISD, voters had mixed feelings about the bond.

“We voted for them because it’s a great time to borrow money. The district hasn’t borrowed a lot of money in the last couple of decades. We’re growing like weeds,” said a Leander ISD voter. “We’re going to need new infrastructure. Now is the time, it’s only going to get more expensive.

While others were against the bond propositions.

“I always used to be supportive of the school bonds when I had kids in school, now I don’t have any kids,” said Kevin Hermas. “I don’t really have a stake in it, and I’m still paying taxes, so that really changes your decision.”

More information about the 2021 Leander ISD bond referendum can be found here. 

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