Alvin ISD voters pass $480.5 million bond and tax swap

The Alvin ISD board of trustees is looking into a bond package of almost a half a billion dollars to build new schools and renovate others.

The Alvin ISD board of trustees is looking into a bond package of almost a half a billion dollars to build new schools and renovate others.

The Alvin ISD bond passed with 21,934 votes in support of it, winning 68.48 percent of the vote. The tax ratification election to fund the bond also passed with 16,885 votes for it, winning 53.09 percent of the vote.

“We are extremely thankful for the support of the Alvin ISD community,” Superintendent Buck Gilcrease said over email. “With approval of the bond, voters provided Alvin ISD with the means to construct new campuses, rebuild and renovate older campuses, address safety and security and acquire land for future schools in a way that will not result in an Alvin ISD tax rate increase.”

The $480.5 million bond will fund five new schools, the replacement of E.C. Mason Elementary and Alvin Primary, the renovation of Harby Junior High School, the purchase of land and passing new safety measures.

The tax ratification election, or tax swap, will transfer 13 cents from the interest and sinking rate to the maintenance and operations rate. This will help pay for the bond without raising the overall tax rate, officials said.

“Voter approval of the tax ratification election enables these projects to be funded with no increase to the Alvin ISD tax rate,” Gilcrease said over email.

The district will begin working on the scheduled projects in January, school officials said.
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.