UPDATE: Voters pass $118.3 million New Braunfels ISD bond

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Update: 11:10 p.m.

After a majority of voters showed support for a $118.3 million bond package for New Braunfels ISD, the district will move forward with plans to build new schools, make facility renovations, increase security measures, upgrade technology, enhance transportation and expand athletic programs.

“I mean it’s a significant percentage so first of all I’m really happy to see that that many people voted,” said NBISD Board President Sherry Harrison. “I’m very excited about that all by itself.”

In Comal County 6,981 voters, or 69.71 percent, showed support for the bond in the election. Guadalupe County reported 3,479 votes in favor of the bond, or 65.41 percent.

Harrision said a political action committee helped rally support for the bond package as the election approached.

“I’m really proud of the political action committee who has been working for six months to educate and inform folks on what the bond entails,” she said.

Bond projects were determined after a facilities and planning committee worked on the district’s behalf to identify the best strategies for addressing rapid growth. Harrison said they hashed out every scenario while considering full buildout and enrollment projections, security needs and several other factors.

“I think it’s really important to remind folks that the facilities and planning committee met for 18 months before they presented this to the board so a lot of thought went into this bond,” she said.

Although some community members opposed the bond because it did not include adding a new high school, Harrison said the strategies outlined in the bond are in the best interest in the district.

“A lot of folks got wrapped up in the nitty gritty details,” she said. “A lot of the people who voted no, they’re very concerned about their specific family. I certainly understand and appreciate all of that, but I’ve told several of them that we still have time to work out all of it.

We’re going to do everything we can to minimize the challenges and make this as smoothly as possibly for every family we possibly can.”

Harrison said some logistic discussions have already begun.

“Now we can really roll our sleeves up,” she said.

NBISD’s most recent bond packages in 2010 and 2015 received more than 70 percent of voter approval and did not result in a property tax increase. With the passing of the 2018 bond, voters could be subjected to a projected 3 cent increase for the district’s interest & sinking tax rate, but it is also possible that the rate will remain unchanged depending on incoming property tax revenue.

“On a bond what you do is you try to project worst-case scenario,” NBISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba told Community Impact Newspaper in September. “… So it potentially could be up to 3 cents, but it also potentially could be zero.”

Original Post 8:53 p.m.

With all early voting ballots counted Nov. 6, numbers show a majority of voters support New Braunfels ISD’s $118.3 million bond package so far, which would largely support the construction of new schools.

NBISD board President Sherry Harrison told Community Impact Newspaper that 68 percent of early voters who fall within Comal County showed support for the bond package in early voting. In Guadalupe County, the number was similar at 65 percent.

Election results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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