The $892 million bond package for the Austin school district features a number of first-ever proposals. If it is approved by voters, the district hopes to create its first magnet school for students interested in health careers, its first all-boys school, and its first shared swim center.
The funding for those projects is found in bond Proposition 4, which calls for $168.6 million to create new academic programs and to bolster fine arts and athletics.
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If the bond package is approved in its entirety, the owner of an average-value home, currently $244,534 after exemptions, would pay $3,123, an increase of about $86 annually. The overall 2013-14 tax rate would total $1.277 per $100 of assessed value, with $1.079 for operations and 19.8 cents for debt service, an increase of about 3.5 cents. Proposition 1 contributes about $.0055 per $100 of assessed value.
ESTIMATED EFFECT ON PROPERTY TAXES
Proposition / Amount / Tax rate per $100 / for a $100,000 home / for a $200,000 home / for a $300,000 home / for a $400,000 home
Prop. 1 / $140.6 million / $0.0055 / $5.50 / $11 / $16.50 / $22
Prop. 2 / $234 million / $0.0092 / $9.20 / $18.40 / $27.60 / $36.80
Prop. 3 / $349.2 million / $0.0137 / $13.70 / $27.40 / $41.40 / $54.80
Prop. 4 / $168.6 million / $0.0066 / $6.60 / $13.20 / $19.80 / $26.40
If all 4 pass / $892.2 million / $0.0350 / $35 / $70 / $105 / $140
For more information on the proposed bond package, visit www.austinisd.org/bond.
IN-DEPTH: SCHOOL BONDS
The Statesman is examining the Austin school district’s largest-ever bond package, which seeks $892 million from taxpayers to build schools, beef up technology and repair aging facilities. This is the last in a series of four articles that focuses on each of the four bond propositions. Early voting begins April 29.
PROPOSITION 4 BREAKDOWN
Proposition 4 totals $168.6 million for academic programs, fine arts and athletics:
Physical Education and Athletics: $76.3 million
• $28 million to improve practice fields at 11 high schools.
• $24.5 million to expand and renovate locker rooms and weight rooms at Akins, Anderson, Austin, Bowie and Crockett high schools.
• $8.5 million to renovate locker rooms and weight rooms at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Eastside Memorial, Lanier, LBJ/LASA, Reagan and Travis high schools.
• $8 million for a swim center.
• $4 million to demolish and rebuild stand-alone press box at House Park stadium.
• $2.4 million to replace turf at Burger, Nelson and House Park stadiums.
• $360,000 for three sports activity buses.
• $300,000 for track repairs and resurfacing for Burger and Nelson stadiums.
• $250,000 to install drainage at Noack Sports Complex.
Career and Technical Education New Programs: $36 million
• $12 million for a new magnet medical high school.
• $11 million for undesignated career and technical education programs.
• $5 million for Phase 1 feasibility and programming for future programs.
• $4 million to construct classrooms and labs at LBJ High School for science, engineering and robotics.
• $2 million for ACC engineering program.
• $2 million for information technology program.
School for Young Men: $20 million
• To renovate Old Anderson High campus into an all-boys school, which includes an expansion, upgrading 27 classrooms, renovating the gym and locker rooms, constructing a science classroom, new library and fine arts addition.
Fine Arts: $25.7 million
• $10.7 million for fine arts addition at Bowie High School.
• $10.8 million for fine arts additions at Bailey, Kealing and Murchison middle schools.
• $2.5 million dance room addition at McCallum High School.
• $1.4 million for secondary rigging system repairs districtwide.
• $200,000 for dance floor improvements at Bailey, Garcia and Gorzycki middle schools and Akins, Austin, Bowie, Crockett, Eastside Memorial, Lanier, Reagan and Travis high schools and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
Special Education: $10.6 million
• $2.1 million in improvements to the Clifton Center, including improving site to provide ADA compliant public accessibility, installing ceiling hoist system, renovating existing gym for two culinary arts classrooms.
• $8.5 million in improvements to the Rosedale School, including constructing six classrooms and a library, expanding the gym for storage, creating dedicated spaces for multi-sensory room.
Early voting begins Monday
Early voting begins Monday for the May 11 elections that include propositions and school district and city council races. Early voting ends May 7. For more information and in-depth coverage of Central Texas ballot items, visit the American-Statesman’s election page at statesman.com/news/elections.