Two propositions pass, but voters reject two more
Austin ISD is reeling tonight, as two of its four bond proposals were
defeated at the ballot box. Voters backed two measures, totaling $490 million
for urgent renovations and technology upgrades, but rejected two more. Now the
district will be reading the tea leaves on the narrowness of the vote, as all
four measures circled around 50% support.
By close of voting,
38,946 residents of the district – 10.25% of all registered voters – cast a
ballot. In the final results, Prop. 1 (Health, Environment, Equipment and
Technology) passed by a razor-thin 50.62%, while Prop. 3 (Academic and Building
Infrastructure Renovations) had the healthier margin, passing by 51.13%.
However, Prop. 2 (Safety and Security and Relief from Overcrowding) failed by
roughly half a percent, falling 49.74% to 50.26%. Prop. 4 (Academic Initiatives,
Fine Arts and Athletics) took the worst beating of the night, going down with
only 48.9% support.