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Texas Voters to Decide Over $12.7 Billion in Bonds Across the State This November

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When Texas voters head to the polls on November 3, it won’t just be President Trump and Joe Biden’s names they see on the ballot. For many Texans, at least one local bond election will be on their ballot this year.

Across the state, municipalities, school districts, counties, and other taxing entities have ordered numerous bond elections for the November 3 election. According to the Texas Bond Review Board, 145 bond elections will appear on Texas ballots this November, carrying a total requested amount of $12,773,568,046. The bonds amounts range across the board, from a $100,000 bond requested by Rogers Independent School District in Bell County, to a $3.27 billion bond requested by Dallas Independent School District.

According to the Bond Review Board, the top 15 bond elections in Texas this year are as follows:

EntityCounties Amount Purpose
Dallas ISDDallas $     3,271,600,000.00 School  Building
San Antonio ISDBexar $     1,210,000,000.00 School Building & Security
Northwest ISDDenton $        937,702,000.00 School  Building
Lamar CISDFort Bend $        645,228,864.00 School Building & Security
AustinTravis-Williamson $        460,000,000.00 Transit System
Sheldon ISDHarris $        438,800,000.00 School Building & Security
Frenship ISDLubbock $        299,700,000.00 School  Building
Wichita Falls ISDWichita $        276,420,000.00 School  Building
AmarilloPotter-Randall $        275,000,000.00 Civic Center
Dallas ISDDallas $        270,000,000.00 Technology
Fort Bend CountyFort Bend $        218,200,000.00 Mobility Projects
Killeen ISDBell $        209,000,000.00 School Building
Allen ISDCollin $        189,300,000.00 School  Building
Galveston ISDGalveston $        187,000,000.00 Baseball Park
Bryan ISDBrazos $        175,000,000.00 School  Building

While most cities have continued forward with their November bond elections, despite economic issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, at least one taxing entity has called off its bond elections. According to the Bond Review Board, the City of Irving has scrapped twelve bond propositions it had placed on the ballot for the November election, which would have totaled $563.4 million.

Bond elections have become commonplace for many taxing entities in Texas. According to bond data, since November 2015, Texas voters have approved $100,717,114,684 in bond debt on ballots across the state.

Debt approved through a bond election is paid off by tax dollars from property tax payers living within the taxing entity.

Voters still have time to decide these bond elections for the 2020 ballot. Election Day is November 3.

For information on bonds across Texas this November, visit this link.

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