Water poured into Murchison Middle School’s main foyer, flooding the cafeteria and three classrooms as storms drenched Austin earlier this month. The water carried trash cans through the halls, and maintenance workers were at the school until 9 p.m. draining the mess.
Such floods aren’t uncommon at the 46-year-old school, still mostly topped by its original roof, which is now cracked and bubbling. For at least four years, water has found its way in. The school has 50 to 60 regular leaks, and Principal Sammi Harrison says she worries about mold and potential safety hazards if water drips on lighting fixtures and computers.
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District maintenance and construction expenses
The district’s maintenance and construction management expenses have fluctuated over time.
Year / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012
Expenditures (in millions) / $21.2 / $25 / $26.8 / $25.1 / $27.4 / $33.7 / $35.1 / $30.9 / $27.8 / $32.9
Estimated affect 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
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 first in a series of four articles that focuses on each of the four bond propositions. Early voting begins April 29.