$33.4M bond for Llano ISD passes by wide margin

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LLANO — Voters approved a $33.4 million bond proposition May 10, which improves, expands and upgrades facilities, security resources, maintenance, transportation and technology systems throughout the Llano Independent School District, according to unofficial voting results from the Llano County elections administrator.

With nine of nine precincts counted, the bond was passed 1,401-798, or 63.7 percent to 36.2 percent, preliminary results showed.

Llano ISD officials say they will not raise the tax rate as a result. However, they expect to refinance and pay off existing debt to allow for additional bond payments.

The bond, which totals $33,425,000, includes big-ticket items such as a $12.6 million expansion of Llano Elementary School and an $8.6 milion addition at Llano Junior High School.

Items that tally about $1 million each include new Llano High School baseball and softball fields, new turf for the football field, technology upgrades, districtwide energy efficiency projects, new buses and a new transportation facility.

Projects that round out the rest of the bond money include an extracurricular multi-purpose facility at the high school, a district maintenance facility, entry-way security access hubs on all campuses, auditorium utilities upgrades and agricultural program improvements.

The current tax rate is $1.168 per $100 valuation on property.

The following is an approximate breakdown of projects cost:

  • Llano Elementary School replacement — $12.6 million
  • Llano Junior High additions — $8.6 million
  • Llano High School improvements — $625,000
  • Packsaddle Elementary improvements — $960,000
  • New high school baseball field — $1.5 million
  • New softball field — $900,000
  • District-wide energy efficiency — $1.12 million
  • Safety and security improvements — $205,000
  • Replace buses — $1.6 million
  • Bus parking and security — $605,000
  • Transportation facility — $1 million
  • Maintenance facility — $225,000
  • Technology upgrades — $940,000
  • Bond issuance cost — $500,000

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