What’s on the ballot for Central Texas voters in November election


As early voting gets underway for the Nov. 7 elections, some voters have important decisions to make beyond the seven proposed amendments to the state constitution.

Among the other items on the ballot:

Austin school bonds: The biggest-ticket item on Central Texas ballots is the $1.1 billion bond measure for the Austin school district to build more than a dozen schools and revamp deteriorating campuses. The district touts the fact that approving the bonds won’t increase the tax rate. But tax bills could still go up, of course, as home values rise.

Other school districts’ proposals: The Leander district has a $454 million bond election to buy land, build schools and improve campuses. The Bastrop district is seeking $88.5 million for similar expansions, while Lake Travis is asking for $253 million. Lake Travis and Eanes are also asking voters to approve a “tax swap” that would allow school districts to send less money to the state through recapture payments while keeping the tax rate the same or lowering it.

Travis roads, parks, drainage: Travis County voters will decide whether to approve a $185 million bond package for parks, roads and drainage projects, including the construction of a two-lane road from Harold Green/Texas 130 to Austin’s Colony Boulevard and the construction of a Bee Creek Sports Complex. Once all the debt is issued in 2023, officials have said the average taxable homestead would pay an extra $24 a year.

RELATED: Full list of projects in Travis County’s roads, parks, drainage bond package

City races: Austin city government doesn’t have anything on the ballot, but voters in Pflugerville, Lago Vista, Volente and a handful of other communities are picking council members.

Meanwhile in Hays: Kyle and Buda are each electing a mayor and three City Council members, and San Marcos is electing two council members and updating its city charter. Buda will also hold a charter election on whether to fluoridate its water.

Julie Chang and Taylor Goldenstein contributed to this report.



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