On Tuesday, Kaufman County voters approved hundreds of millions in new bond debt, all of which must be repaid with interest by local property taxpayers.
The county and a local school district both put big bond propositions on the November 5 ballot.
County Proposition A, authorizing $104 million in road bonds, passed with 77 percent approval. The funds are evenly allocated at about $20 million each to countywide transportation projects and projects in each of the four county precincts.
Proposition B, the county’s $50 million facilities bond package, passed with 68 percent approval. Most of the funds, an estimated $37 million, are allocated to a new county justice center.
Forney Independent School District’s $623 million bond package passed by a wide 77-23 percent margin. That’s about $52,000 per student in new debt. The district currently has under 12,000 students but has projected enrollment will grow to 18,500 over the next 10 years.
Voters in Kaufman and statewide approved nine of the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, including Proposition 4, which would ban a state income tax.
- Proposition A – $623 million school bonds: For (77%), Against (23%)
- Proposition A – $104.1 million road bonds: For (77%), Against (23%)
- Proposition B – $50 million facilities bonds: For (68%), Against (32%)