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Our Position on AISD Bond Proposition

The League of Women Voters Austin Area encourages you to vote FOR the Austin Independent School District Bond Proposition.

Early voting is Monday, October 23rd to Friday, November 3rd. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. You may vote at any polling place in the County. Look for the “Vote Here” signs.

The League has long supported Austin AISD in its efforts to provide a strong education through goals at all grade levels.

Bonding is the cornerstone of school district financing for capital expenses — new schools, for example — as opposed to the day-to-day costs of items such as salaries. Under state law, a district must seek voter approval to issue bonds. With approval, it can sell the bonds on a timetable of its choosing and pay them off with tax money. That spreads the cost for infrastructure over time, rather than taxpayers facing a massive upfront rate hike every time a district needs a new campus.

This bond is more than $1 billion ($1,050,984,000). AISD has called for a comprehensive 25-year facilities master plan that aims to modernize the district and all its campuses. With many aged school buildings and the long overdue maintenance of most, this bond money alone will not cover the 25 year-plan. But the League believes this will be a very good start to the district’s 21st Century plans. There will be no tax rate increase and all the money raised through bonds remains in AISD.

We trust that AISD will focus on the problems associated with diversity in our schools. The League supports equality of opportunity in education. AISD should have as its goal to meet, if not exceed, the state and federal accountability standards for achievement, attendance, dropout rates and completion rates in each school in the district, and to reduce the disparity in performance among schools.

May 2017 VOTER Newsletter Available

Our monthly newsletter with lots of information about what is happening at the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is now available. You can download the pdf file of the newsletter and/or subscribe to get future versions sent to your email address. Better yet, join the League to get the newsletter every month along with the other benefits of League membership.

Here is a summary of upcoming events taken from the latest VOTER newsletter. Check out the League calendar for more info.

May 6 Election – Voters Guide Coverage – Four Counties

May 6, 2017 Local Elections

Early Voting – April 24 – May 2
Last day for County Elections Office to receive applications for Ballot by Mail – April 25

Look for the release of the May 6th Local Election Voters Guide on this website, shortly before April 24, in English and Spanish.

Travis County Election Office

Bee Cave
• City Council
• Special Tax Issue
Lakeway
• City Council
• Bond Proposition
• Special Election
Pflugerville ISD
• Board of Trustees
Round Rock ISD
• Round Rock ISD Bond Propositions

Williamson County Election Office

Georgetown
• Mayor and City Council
• Georgetown ISD
    o Board of Trustees
    o Proposition
Round Rock
• Mayor and City Council
• Charter Amendment Propositions
• Round Rock ISD Bond Propositions
Cedar Park
• City Council
Hutto
• City Council
• Hutto ISD Board of Trustees
Taylor
• City Council

Bastrop County Election Office

Bastrop
• Mayor and City Council
• Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees
Smithville
• City Council
• Smithville ISD Board of Trustees
Elgin
• Elgin ISD Board of Trustees

Caldwell County Election Office

Martindale
• Mayor and City Council
• Proposition

Hays County Election Office (NOT included in our Voters Guide)

Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6
• Directors and Propositions
Hays
• City Council
• Hays Consolidated ISD
    o Board of Trustees
    o Bond Proposals
Dripping Springs
• City Council
• Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees
San Marcos
• Propositions
• San Marcos Consolidated ISD
    o Board of Trustees
    o Bond Proposal
Wimberley
• City Council