May 23, 2022

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Santa Maria History

Northside, Harlandale school bond proposals pass; voters split on Medina Valley ISD’s proposals

Voters throughout Bexar County ended up largely supportive of college district bonds, approving a approximately $1 billion bond proposal for Northside Unbiased University District and a $125 million bond proposal for Harlandale ISD when splitting on bond proposals for Medina Valley ISD.

At Northside ISD, the $992 million bond proposal handed with 57 percent voting in favor.

Harlandale ISD observed all 3 of its propositions move. Proposition A for $93.5 million had the widest margin of victory with 56 percent of the votes in favor, though equally Proposition B for $22 million and Proposition C for $9.5 million garnered 51 percent of the vote.

Medina Valley ISD officers place two propositions on the ballot.

Proposition A for $383.2 million handed with 50.9 p.c of the vote. It will fund construction of a higher college, a middle university, an elementary university and a new ROTC constructing.

But voters rejected Proposition B, which sought $14 million for the design of a football stadium.

Northside ISD officials were being emotion fantastic about the election even in advance of the depend was ultimate.

“I’d say optimistic is a fantastic description,” Northside ISD Superintendent Brian Woods explained all around 9:30 p.m. as he headed dwelling from a check out celebration. At that stage, about 80 per cent of vote facilities had claimed election day outcomes.

After hundreds of conferences with the community and stakeholders forward of election evening, Woods said the key questions in people’s minds were not about design or influence of the facility advancements, but on the result of the bond on their taxes.

“It was definitely a ton about tax implications,” Woods explained. “Folks began to get their appraisal notices and that became form of the centre issue of the conversation.”

Northside’s bond is not slated to trigger a tax hike for Northside ISD residents, with soaring home appraisals predicted to be more than enough to protect the repayment of the personal debt. But with the ballots required to include things like wording that warned voters about a achievable tax increase in any bond proposal, the district expected some confusion on the topic.

Underneath this bond difficulty, the district proposed setting up only a person new faculty, an elementary campus in the Village at West Pointe area, at an approximated price tag of $45 million. The bulk of the money, far more than $645.5 million, would be used to substitute or reconstruct facilities at existing campuses. A different $207.3 million is earmarked for infrastructure updates.

Woods observed the district had to modify the bond to program for higher prices in circumstance inflation stays superior via the design stage of the bond. If costs were being to arrive down as a substitute, he stated the district would merely pay off some of its bonds speedier.

“We’ll begin pretty much future thirty day period organizing the 1st spherical of projects,” Woods reported. “And begin development on some of the massive-scale jobs in the summer season of 2023 considering the fact that the summer season is obviously a greater time for that work in educational facilities.”

Harlandale ISD broke down its bond into a few propositions: Proposition A searching for $93.5 million to tackle standard facility desires and to build a new Career and Technological Education and learning setting up Proposition B seeking $22 million to refund the district on upkeep and tax obligations and Proposition C, which asked voters for $9.5 million for the completion of Memorial Stadium.

The bond is slated to lead to the district’s residence tax fee to maximize by 6.6 cents per $100 assessed benefit of taxable residence. At present, the tax amount is $1.40 for each $100.

As with Northside, Harlandale officials acknowledged the present-day issues of passing bond proposals. In November, voters struck down bond proposals in other districts, which includes Judson, East Central and Southside ISDs, by modest margins amid concerns about tax hikes and ballot wording that bundled essential warnings about doable tax improves.

“It’s a very frightening time for instructional bonds,” Harlandale ISD Superintendent Gerardo Soto stated prior to the election. “But nonetheless, we have to do our element as educators.”

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