North Texas Voters Approve Most Bond Measures

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North Texas residents in some municipalities, counties, and school districts had a number of local matters to consider during Tuesday’s election, in addition to the 14 proposed constitutional amendments all Texas voters saw on their ballots.

Collin County residents voted in favor of Propositions A-E, five bond measures to finance improvements and new county facilities. Bond money will go toward the development of court and adult detention facilities, the county animal shelter, the medical examiner’s office, parks, and the construction, development, and maintenance of roads and bridges. Click here for a breakdown of how much support each proposition got.

The City of Denton put eight bond measures on the ballot, Propositions A-H, dealing with street improvements, drainage and flood control, the park system, public safety, low-income housing, an active adult center facility, a new library, and renovations to City Hall West. Voters approved all of the propositions except for Proposition H, which would have financed the City Hall West renovations. Click here for a breakdown of how much support each proposition got.

The City of Justin put four bond measures up for a vote, Propositions A-D. Officials asked Justin voters to approve bonds to pay for a new municipal complex, the conversion of the existing City Hall to a community center and library, the construction of a new municipal public works building, and the construction of a new fire station. Residents rejected all of the propositions except for the one that would pay for a new fire station, which was approved by 60.6% of voters.

The City of Kennedale had one bond on its ballot, Proposition A. Voters approved the bond by a slim majority (50.93%), signing off on financing for a number of park and recreation items. The election results can be seen here.

Voters in Mesquite considered Proposition A. They ended up approving an increase in the ad valorem tax rate from $0.65814 per $100 valuation to $0.69000 per $100 valuation. The additional funds will be used to increase staffing and equipment for the police department, build and staff a new fire station, increase funding for roadway construction and maintenance, establish a behavioral health division, and increase pay for public safety personnel. The vote breakdown can be viewed here.

The Town of Northlake put one proposition on its ballot: the issuance of a bond to develop and construct a new multi-purpose sports and community venue and the infrastructure to support it, such as roads, parking, water and sewer facilities, and concessions. A majority of residents voted in favor of the proposition. Check out a breakdown of the results here.

Richland Hills voters considered Proposition A, which concerns the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. The measure, which passed, will allow liquor stores to open within city limits, subject to the city’s zoning requirements and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission rules. A breakdown of the vote count can be viewed here.

The City of White Settlement nearly used up the entire alphabet with its myriad of propositions, A-U, which pertained to amendments to the city’s home rule charter regarding municipal boundaries, qualifications for city council members, the filling of elected official vacancies, the passage of ordinances, the appointment of municipal judges, and several other issues. All the propositions passed by fairly large margins. See how much local voters supported each measure here.

Ten North Texas school districts also placed bond propositions on Tuesday’s election ballot.

Voters residing in Azle ISD considered one proposition to authorize the issuance of bonds for renovations and expansions of existing school campuses, a maintenance warehouse, and the district police department’s facilities. Azle ISD’s website claimed the “proposed projects would result in a total tax rate decrease due to recent legislation and growth in our community.” The proposition passed, see by how much here.

Likewise, Birdville ISD voters decided on whether to ratify an ad valorem tax rate of $1.2031 per $100 valuation for the current year, which would result in a 3.77% decrease in maintenance and operations tax revenue. They signed off on the measure. Election results can be seen here.

Cedar Hill ISD asked voters to ratify an ad valorem tax rate of $1.1326, which, if sanctioned by voters, would result in a 4.87% decrease in the maintenance and operations tax rate compared to the previous year. The measure was approved. See the results here.

Duncanville ISD had two bonds on the ballot. Proposition A related to the construction, renovation, and improvement of school buildings, the purchase of new school buses, and the retrofitting of existing buses with safety equipment. Proposition B concerned the replacement of digital projectors at all schools and facilities in the district. Voters approved both measures. Click here to see by how much.

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD placed four bond propositions on the ballot to pay for school facilities, the purchase of land for future schools, the purchase of vehicles for emergency, safety, and security purposes, technology infrastructure and equipment upgrades, the improvement of athletic facilities at Saginaw High School, and the construction of a swimming facility. Two of the proposals passed, but the ones dealing with athletic facility improvements and a new swimming pool failed to secure voters’ support. Check out the vote breakdown here.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD had two bond propositions on the ballot, dealing with the construction and renovation of school facilities, safety and security enhancements, and technology updates. Residents signed off on both. See the spreads here.

Lancaster ISD proposed an ad valorem tax rate of $1.2267 per $100 valuation, which, if approved, would result in a 6.01% decrease in the district’s maintenance and operation tax rate compared to the previous year. Voters approved the measure. If you want to see by how much, click here.

Lewisville ISD had seven propositions up for a vote, including the ratification of an ad valorem tax rate of $1.1301 per $100 valuation, updates to safety and security infrastructure and technology, campus and facility upgrades and renovations, the purchase of school buses, maintenance and repairs at athletic facilities, improvements to aquatic facilities, and improvements to the district’s high schools. Only two propositions secured enough support from voters: the change to the ad valorem tax rate and the spending on maintenance and renovations. Election results can be seen here.

Prosper ISD had four bond propositions up for consideration pertaining to spending on new building sites, new buses, school technology improvements, upgrades to sports stadium facilities, and the construction of a new performing arts center. All the propositions passed except for the one that would have paid for the sports facility upgrades. Election results can be seen here.

Voters who live in Wylie ISD weighed in on one proposition concerning safety and security enhancements, new schools, expansion of CTE facilities, and “significant” maintenance improvements. The measure passed. See by how much here.

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