Even the school bonds are bigger in Texas

Voters soundly approved Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District's $1.2 billion school bond, which was the largest of slate of proposals throughout the state.

Several school districts in Texas won public approval for unusually large bond proposals, as voters considered an eye-popping $6.7 billion in bonds across the state.

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, which is located in the Houston area, was the biggest winner. Voters there soundly approved a $1.2 billion school bond, which was the largest of slate of proposals throughout the state. The bond, which comes with a property tax increase attached, passed with 68.7 percent of the vote, the Houston Chronicle reported

The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD plans to use the funding to build new schools, renovate existing buildings and add new facilities, like a swimming pool and an agriculture facility.

About $55 million will also go toward security and safety enhancements, like adding security vestibules at 50 campuses, stand-alone emergency call phones, lockdown panic buttons and bullet-proof glass at front entrances and windows.

Voters also approved a $663 million bond proposal for Arlington, a $648 million proposal for Northside and $287 million for Pflugerville. Other districts, like Wichita Falls, Marshall, Eanes and Navasota, didn’t fare so well. Those bond proposals failed.

 

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