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Many Texans are shocked to learn that our state currently has the second highest, per capita local debt in the nation.  As a result, Texans are facing a local debt epidemic primarily driven by city and school debt, which are separately governed entities each with their own publicly elected boards.

As we approach the November election, many local governments are currently considering placing debt propositions before voters to approve or reject.

But in order for a proposition to appear on a local ballot, the governing board (ie city council) must first pass a resolution to place it there. Texans should be asking their local officials to justify both the need for new debt, and the merit of the proposals they plan to finance.

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Stated differently, for those local officials who have not yet voted, local residents still have time to influence that decision prior to the measure appearing before voters at large.

TFR is currently tracking that process around the state, and will be posting updates for the benefit of Texans.

We’ve previously cited how engaged residents like Lawrence Jones III of Garland, who made headlines for exposing both Obamacare Navigator fraud and illegal tactics by Battleground Texas, helped lead concerned teachers and parents to influence his local school board not to place such a debt proposal on May’s ballot.

Unfortunately, many voters do not generally weigh at local meetings, or at the ballot box. As a result local debt propositions (bonds) are often passed with single-digit voter turnout.

Local governments are not required by law to disclose important fiscal implications that taxpayers will face as a result of issuing the new debt.

Despite the Texas State Comptroller advocating for increased disclosure and transparency requirements, many Republicans joined Democrats in defeating HB 14, which would have made numerous reforms to this process.

Below is a list of entities currently considering new debt proposals to place on November’s ballot.  To find out if any are relevant to you, we’ve organized the list alphabetically by county.  Simply scroll through the below list to see if there is an entity in your county currently debating a proposal.

Local officials have until August 18th to pass debt resolutions that will place debt propositions before voters in your community.

The vast majority of these entities have not yet passed resolutions to place them on your ballot…not yet. Engaged Texans can more effectively influence their local officials by taking proactive steps now as opposed to waiting until November.

 

Note: Items with an “**” indicate the entity has called the bond election and the bond package will be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

 

Archer County

Archer City ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Bastrop County

Elgin ISD

Other Counties: Lee/Travis

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Bell County

Village of Salado

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Temple ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Bexar County

Harlandale ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $17,313,000

 

City of Selma

Other Counties: Comal/Guadalupe

Bond Proposition Amount: $5,500,000

 

Brazos County

Bryan ISD

Other Counties: Robertson

Bond Proposition Amount: $132,000,000

 

Burnet County

Burnet CISD

Other Counties: Llano/Williamson

Bond Proposition Amount: $26,000,000

 

Chambers County

City of Baytown

Other Counties: Harris

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

 

Collin County

City of Murphy

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Wylie ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Comal County

Comal County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Comal ISD

Other Counties: Bexar/Guadalupe

Bond Proposition Amount: $3,700,000

 

Dallas County

City of Cedar Hill

Other Counties: Ellis

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

City of DeSoto

Bond Proposition Amount: $26,000,000

 

Garland ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $473,000,000

 

Highland Park ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Denton County

City of Denton

Bond Proposition Amount: $100,000,000

 

Sanger ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Duval County

City of San Diego

Other Counties: Jim Wells

Bond Proposition Amount: $15,000,000

 

Ector County

Ector County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Ellis County

Italy ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

El Paso County

Ysleta ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $155,000,000

 

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $333,400,000

 

Lamar CISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $243,000,000

 

City of Rosenberg

Bond Proposition Amount: $12,500,000

 

Grimes County

Grimes County

Bond Proposition Amount: $6,600,000

 

Harris County

Katy ISD

Other Counties: Fort Bend/Waller

Bond Proposition Amount: $748,000,000

 

City of Spring Valley Village

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Harris/Montgomery County

Lone Star College System

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Harrison County

Marshall ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Hays County

City of Buda

Bond Proposition Amount: $55,000,000

 

Hays County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

City of San Marcos

Other Counties: Caldwell/Guadalupe

Bond Proposition Amount: $98,000,000

 

Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Hunt County

City of Commerce

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Jefferson County

Beaumont ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Kaufman County

Kaufman ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Kleberg County

Kleberg County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Limestone County

Mexia ISD

Other Counties: Freestone

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Lubbock County

City of Lubbock

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Mason County

Mason ISD

Other Counties: Kimble/McCulloch/Menard/San Saba

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

McLennan County

City of Waco

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Midland County

Midland ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $158,000,000

 

Milam County

Milam County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Milano ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Navarro County

Corsicana ISD

Other Counties: Freestone

Bond Proposition Amount: $49,673,624

 

Nueces County

City of Corpus Christi

Bond Proposition Amount: $84,400,000

 

Del Mar Community College

Bond Proposition Amount: $157,000,000

 

Nueces County

Corpus Christi ISD

Other Counties: San Patricio

Bond Proposition Amount: $100,500,000

 

Orange County

Bridge City ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $20,000,000

 

Randall County

City of Canyon

Bond Proposition Amount: $5,200,000

 

Rusk County

**Leveretts Chapel ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $400,000

 

San Jacinto County

Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $17,000,000

 

San Saba County

Richland Springs ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Tarrant County

City of Arlington

Bond Proposition Amount: $238,500,000

 

Birdville ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $163,200,000

 

City of Colleyville

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Keller ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $140,000,000

 

City of Mansfield

Other Counties: Ellis/Johnson

Bond Proposition Amount: $65,000,000

 

Travis County

City of Austin

Other Counties: Hays/Williamson

Bond Proposition Amount: $1,000,000,000

 

Travis County

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Water District 10

Bond Proposition Amount: $52,500,000

 

Travis/Williamson County

**Austin Community College

Bond Proposition Amount: $386,000,000

  • Proposition 1: $224,800,000
  • Proposition 2: $161,200,000

City of Pflugerville

Bond Proposition Amount: $30,000,000

 

Uvalde County

City of Uvalde

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Webb County

Webb CISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Wharton County

El Campo ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: TBD

 

Wilson County

Poth ISD

Bond Proposition Amount: $15,000,000

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