Nearly four months after the Texas Supreme Court upheld the results of a 2010 election in which Hays County residents approved the annexation of Hays CISD into the Austin Community College District, ACC trustees approved the issuance of $45 million in bonds to build an up to 80,000-square-foot campus in Kyle.

"This allows ACC to take major steps forward, and we are now on the road to breaking ground," said Ben Ferrell, executive vice president for finance and administration for ACC, in a statement.

About $10 million will be used to finalize the purchase of 96 acres at the intersection of FM 1626 and Kohler's Crossing in the Plum Creek development. The remaining amount will cover the cost of construction, according to the news release.

Once workers break ground in either late summer or early fall, ACC staff said they would have a better idea of when construction would be complete.

Hays County residents approved the annexation in the November 2010 election, but a lawsuit filed by Dr. Ray Wolbrecht, a dentist in Kyle, prevented the project from moving forward.

The lawsuit alleged the annexation election should have been invalidated because residents were not properly informed about how much ACC could raise property taxes.