Voters approve Leander ISD’s $454.4 million bond by wide margin


Voters in Williamson and Travis counties approved by a wide margin the $454.4 million Leander school bond package.

With just under 10,000 votes cast, 66 percent supported the bond, while 34 percent voted against the package.

It had been 10 years since the Leander school board placed a bond measure on the ballot. Among the projects in the bond: the construction of four new schools in the next four years; land purchases for nine more schools; a second transportation facility and new buses; and secure entrances at secondary schools, among other things.

The district says it can pay off the bonds without raising its tax rate. With 1,100 new students projected to enroll in the school district each year, that growth and the home construction boom in the northern portion of the district will help absorb the tax impact, officials said.

In recent years, Leander has been criticized for accruing $3.5 billion in debt as the district struggled to keep up with growing enrollment. But the district has built the last of its schools funded by a 2007 bond, and there is a need for more campuses, district leaders said.

The approximately 39,000-student district, which stretches 200 square miles across Cedar Park, Leander and swaths of northwest Travis County and Austin, is expected to grow by an additional 4,800 students in the next four years.



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