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Outside of Denton, voters approve city, school and special district proposals

Two local school districts will see more construction in the coming years as voters approved multimillion-dollar bond packages in Tuesday's election.

According to unofficial voting results, 72.8 percent of Aubrey ISD voters favored a $51 million bond package.

The package includes the construction of a new elementary school and classroom additions to the two existing elementary schools. The middle school will see upgrades in athletic facilities and fields, while the high school will 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.

Aubrey ISD Superintendent David Belding
Aubrey ISD Superintendent David Belding

"We're just really excited that our community continues to believe in and support our schools," Aubrey ISD Superintendent David Belding said. "We're humbled as well that the community puts its trust in us to be able to meet the needs of our students. It's a big night for our community and, more importantly, for our kids."

The majority of Little Elm ISD voters were in approval of two separate propositions that totaled $239.5 million in bonds, with 68.87 percent in favor of Proposition A and 65.03 percent in favor of Proposition B.

The $235 million Proposition A includes funds for a second middle school, a replacement school for the district's Lakeside Middle School and more land purchases for future schools. The district will also renovate the Powell Sixth Grade Campus and the Prestwick STEM Academy to accommodate kindergarten through fifth grades.

The first proposition also includes a new multipurpose extracurricular building, expanded career and technology facilities, athletic area renovations, and general security and building upgrades.

District officials say the $4.5 million Proposition B will allow them to refund existing debt by refinancing tax notes. According to the bond election website, the refinancing would save the district $340,000 per year in debt spending.

The passage of those bonds also means taxpayers will see a rise in their property tax bills.

In Aubrey ISD, taxpayers will see a hike of 16 cents for a total tax rate of $1.67 per $100 property valuation. The increase will be phased in by adding 8 cents to the tax rate in 2018 and the remaining 8 cents in 2019. In 2020, the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would pay $3,340 in property taxes to Aubrey ISD — up $320 from two years prior.

In Little Elm ISD, the total tax rate will go up 10 cents to $1.64 per $100 property valuation. For taxpayers with a $200,000 home valuation, that means they'll pay an extra $200 next year. 

In both school districts, property owners who are 65 or older and have filed exemptions with their local appraisal district won't see any changes to their tax rate.

Outside of school districts, voters in the city of Pilot Point said goodbye to their dry days. Though there seemed to be a slight dip from the early voting totals, 70.7 percent of voters approved the sale of alcoholic beverages within city limits.

Nearly every voter in special municipal utility districts between Cross Roads and Oak Point approved propositions to improve and maintain roadways. 

Nine voters cast their ballot against MUD No. 4's proposal, but it wasn't enough to thwart the 88.2 percent (or 67 people) in favor of the measure. Meanwhile, only three voters opposed MUD No. 5's proposal while 96.8 percent (92 voters) supported it.

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.

Aubrey ISD bond proposal

The following results from Election Day are unofficial.

Votes Percent
Proposition A: The issuance of $51,000,000 of school building bonds for the purpose of construction, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the district, including the purchase of the necessary sites for school buildings, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof and to pay the costs of any credit agreements executed in connection with the bonds.
For 969 72.8%
Against 362 27.2%

Pilot Point alcohol sales

The following results from Election Day are unofficial.

Votes Percent
Proposition A: The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.
For 186 70.7%
Against 77 29.3%

MUD proposals

The following results from Election Day are unofficial.

Votes Percent
Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 Proposition A: Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 4 to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.
For  67 88.1%
Against 9 11.9%
Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 Proposition A: Authorization of Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 5 to improve, operate, or maintain any macadamized, graveled, or paved roads in existence within the district on September 1, 2017, or any improvements, including storm drainage, in aid of those roads.
For 92 96.8%
Against 3 3.2%