San Marcos, Buda and Kyle election guide for May features multimillion dollar HCISD bond

Other races in Hays County include those for SMCISD, HCISD and a municipal utility district in Buda. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Other races in Hays County include those for SMCISD, HCISD and a municipal utility district in Buda. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Other races in Hays County include those for SMCISD, HCISD and a municipal utility district in Buda. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The May 1 election throughout Hays County features several election for the San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD, as well as for board members of two municipal utility districts. Also looming large on the ballot is a bond initiative from HCISD proposing roughly $238 million in projects.

Dates to know

April 19 - First day of early voting

April 20 - Last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

April 27 - Last day of early voting

May 1 - Election day

May 1 - Last day to receive a ballot by mail (unless late-arriving deadline applies)

San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees

Trustee, At-Large:
Andrew Fay


Mari Salmi


Anne Halsey (I)


Nicholas "Nico" Costilla


Roger E. Davis


Sylvia DeLeon Muzzy

Hays CISD Board of Trustees

Trustee, At-Large:

Donyé Curry


Will McManus (I)


Bert Aguin

Trustee, District 3:


Courtney Runkle


Richard W. Cronshey

North Hays County Municipal Utility District No. 1 General Election

North Hays Municipal Utility District No. 1, Directors, pick up to three

Kyle Prunty

Michael Chase (I)

Scott Redding (I)

Mark Piening (I)

Buda Municipal Utility District No. 1 Special Election

Buda Municipal Utility District No. 1, Permanent Directors, pick up to five

Adrian Alvarado

Stephen Graford

Lauren Crone

Ramunda Gallien

Nicholas P. Leschke

Buda Municipal Utility District No. 1 Propositions

Proposition A: Confirming creation of Buda Municipal Utility District No. 1, which would cover The Colony at Cole Springs, a planned 531 unit development annexed by the city in 2020.

Proposition B: An operation and maintenance tax for the District not to exceed one dollar ($1.00) per one hundred dollars ($100) valuation of taxable property.

Proposition C: The issuance of $47,420,000 bonds for water, wastewater and drainage system facilities. Taxes sufficient to pay principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.

Proposition D: The issuance of $34,600,000 bonds for roads. Taxes sufficient to pay principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.

Proposition E: The issuance of $71,130,000 bonds for refunding water, wastewater and drainage system facilities bonds (including refunding bonds issued therefor) issued pursuant to Section 59, Article XVI of the Texas Constitution. Taxes sufficient to pay principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.

Proposition F: The issuance of $51,900,000 bonds for refunding road bonds (including refunding bonds issued therefor) issued pursuant to Section 52, Article III of the Texas Constitution. Taxes sufficient to pay principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.

Hays CISD bond election Propositions: A full description of proposistions may be viewed online at www.hayscisd.net/bond2021


Proposition A: The issuance of $147,959,876 school building bonds to accomodate school district growth. Key elements of the proposition include middle school and elementary school expansions, a new elementary school, Live Oak Academy renovations and 28 new school buses. District enrollment was projected by HCISD to exceed its capacity by the 2023-2024 school year. Additonal features of the proposition include two new tennis courts at Lehman High School, design fees for another elementary school, musical instruments for a new orchestra program and band replacements, and land purchases for future facilities and schools.

Proposition B: The issuance of $41,047,216 school building bonds for renovating and rehabiliting district assets. The proposition's largest expenses are for campus HVAC and fire alarm systems, campus roofing and flooring, and rehabilitation projects. Other aspects of the propositions include keyless entry and intercom upgrades, playground shade structure, hardscape improvements and miscellaneous rehabilitation projects, such as gym bleachers theater lighting.

Proposition C: The issuance of $12,784,128 school building bonds for stadium expansions at Lehman High School and Johnson High School. Stadiums at both schools would have their capacities increased to 4,200 seats, and include projects related to concessions and team rooms. Lehman High School's scoreboard would be replaced, as well as a retaining wall on the west end of the stadium.

Proposition D: The issuance of $4,268,873 school building bonds for stadium improvements, such as additional Shelton Stadium parking and Lehman High School Baseball and Softball Complex improvements. Shelton would get a competition-size band practice area in the proposition is approved.

Proposition E: The issuance of $29,820,598 school building bonds for the construction of a Central Administration Building and renovation of the existing central office. All of the central office would be housed in one building complex, which would include relocating staff working out of Live Oak Academy and allowing the school to expand.

Proposition F: The issuance of $2,578,000 school building bonds for technology intrastructure and mobile devices for teaching, virtual learning and on-line state assessments. Infrastructure upgrades and expansions would impact the storage area network, wide area network, firewall, storage and data center needs of future district growth.

Where to vote

Residents can cast their ballots at any of Hays County's 13 polling locations. Six polling locations are open for early voting and 12 will be available on election day.


EARLY


Buda Elementary School Upper Campus, 300 N. San Marcos St., Buda


ELECTION DAY


Dunbar Center, 801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Marcos


San Marcos Housing Authority/CM Allen Homes, 820 Sturgeon Dr., San Marcos


Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626, Buda


Hays CISD Transportation, 2385 High Rd., Uhland


McCormick Middle School, 5700 Dacy Ln., Buda


Wallace Middle School, 1500 W Center St., Kyle


Hays County Precinct 4 Office, 195 Roger Hanks Pkwy., Dripping Springs


ELECTION DAY AND EARLY


Hays County Health Department, 401 Broadway St., Ste. A, San Marcos


Hays County Government Center, 712 S Stagecoach Trail #3, San Marcos


Texas State University Performing Arts Center, 430 Moon St, San Marcos


HCISD Admin-Arnold, 21003 I-35, Kyle


Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 W Mercer St., Dripping Springs


By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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