Five things to know about the $250 million Hays district bond


They Hays school district is seeking approval of a $250 million bond package to build new schools and upgrade existing campuses. Early voting begins Monday. Election Day is May 6. Here are five things you need to know before going to the polls.

1. It is the largest proposed school bond in the district’s history, and is broken into two propositions, the first for approximately $189.9 million for new campuses and the second for nearly $60.2 million.

2. The larger is Proposition 1, which includes funds to build two elementaries and a third high school. The projects include a replacement campus for Buda Elementary School, which has flooded twice in the past four years.

3. Growth is creating the need for new schools. By 2020, enrollment is expected to increase by 11 percent to 21,364 students. Without a third high school, demographers project the two existing campuses would be over their capacities by a total of 2,000 students by 2020.

4. Proposition 2 includes constructing new culinary arts, auto and veterinary tech buildings, upgrading school libraries and athletic facilities, and improving technology and security.

5. If the bonds are approved, they will not change the district’s current tax rate of $1.54 per $100 of assessed property value. Homeowners are likely to pay higher taxes, though, as property values continue to rise.



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