Ballot measure to include all of Pflugerville ISD in Austin Community College District could come in November

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When Pflugerville City Council Member Jim McDonald went out in his community to gather signatures on a petition to include all of Pflugerville ISD in the Austin Community College district, he said the first reaction he got was skepticism that he was selling something.

The second reaction he got, McDonald said, was “it’s about time.”

On Monday night, a group of Pflugerville residents presented the Austin Community College board of trustees with a petition with 3,556 signatures to include the entire Pflugerville ISD inside the ACC district, beginning a process that could lead to a ballot measure in front of Pflugerville voters this November. ACC staff validated 2,710 of those signatures, which equaled five percent of registered voters in the area, the amount required by law to make the petition valid.

Currently, only the section of Pflugerville ISD located in the city of Austin is part the ACC district.

If the remaining area of Pflugerville ISD joins the district, residents in those areas will contribute property taxes to ACC. Currently, ACC’s tax rate is $0.1008 per $100 of assessed property valuation. According to a draft service plan that describes information to potential voters, a property owner with a home worth $200,000 – the average home value in Pflugerville – would pay about $17 per month in additional taxes.

In return for contributing those property tax revenues, residents inside the ACC district have significantly a lower cost to access ACC services than out-of-district residents. Tuition and fees for in-district students are $2,550 per academic year, while out-of-district students pay $10,890 per year.

A group of about a dozen individuals involved in the effort to bring Pflugerville ISD into the ACC district into the were in attendance at Monday night’s board meeting,. Speakers included Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion, Pflugerville ISD board of trustees member Rob Reyes and Pat Epstein, chair of the group that led the effort.

Epstein said there was significant momentum in her community to bring ACC services to the area, and in time she hoped a satellite campus could be included in Pflugerville as well.

“We want a physical presence in our community. We will go out and make it happen in our community, but we need your help to make it happen,” Epstein told the board.

The board of trustees voted unanimously to publish a service plan disseminating information to voters. The board also laid out the timeline for potentially bringing the matter to a vote in November.

On July 9 at 5 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing in Pflugerville, giving residents a chance to share their views. On Aug. 13, at its regular monthly meeting, the board will vote to decide whether to call a November election.

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  1. Brandy Kuykendall

    What is the location of the meeting on July 9th for the ACC Pflugerville public input? I live in the City of Round Rock but have a Pflugerville zip code making it impossible for me to attend ACC even though they serve Round Rock. I would like to attend this meeting but I need to know the location. I am sure I am not the only person needing this information.

  2. Would bringing the entirety of Pflugerville ISD into the Austin Community College district be contingent on ACC building a new campus inside the Pflugerville city limits? It should be. If we have a campus in Pflugerville, it would hopefully drive more businesses here, allowing for netting more sales tax and an opportunity to lower pf property taxes. Pf should be considering benefits of a college campus in the city for the local Pf economy and how that can help lower residents property taxes over time to leverage the appeal of this before a public vote. We need more community-oriented businesses and assets in Pflugerville for residents. We have enough 1. churches 2. carwashes 3. auto stores 4. auto repair stores 5. used card dealers 4. fast food joints This is a great opportunity to become more than just a highway town. There have been a few promising businesses over the last 3 years or so, I hope it continues. Making Pflugerville an attractive place to live is important to residents here.

  3. Chris Nystrom

    This is great news! It is about time! I do not think I would have bought my house in Pflugerville had I know it was not in district. It never occured to me that it was not.

  4. I’m seriously tired of carrying everyone on my tax dollar. Having a campus here will only drive me out of pflugerville. The taxes I pay today alone is ridiculous. Approving this ballot isnt doing the residents of Pflugerville any favors. Good grief!

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Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.
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