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Aubrey ISD calls bond election

The Aubrey ISD school board has voted unanimously to call a $51 million bond election this November.

The decision to call the election was based off a recommendation from a Facilities Planning Committee comprised of parents, staff members and other district stakeholders. According to district projections, Aubrey ISD is expected to grow by 2,000 students in 10 years. The district's elementary schools are projected to be over capacity by the 2019-20 school year. 

The $51 million bond proposal includes the construction of a new elementary school and classroom additions to the two existing elementary schools. The middle school would see upgrades in athletic facilities and fields, while the high school would receive a new band hall.

The proposal also includes improvements to the district's Agricultural Science Center, as well as the construction of a new auditorium that would be available for community use.

If the bond is approved, taxpayers would see a hike of 16 cents for a total tax rate of $1.67. The increase would be phased in by adding 8 cents to the tax rate in 2018 and the remaining 8 cents in 2019. By 2020, a tax paper with a $200,000 home valuation would pay an extra $23.34 per month.

Election Day is set for Tuesday, Nov. 7, and early voting runs from Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. For more information about the bond proposal, go to www.aubreyisdbond.net.