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Hallettsville voters deny school bond

By Jessica Priest
Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.


HALLETTSVILLE

100% of precincts reporting

denotes winner

FOR370 (46%)

AGAINST440 (54%)

Voters shot down a $10.5 million bond for Hallettsville school district.

Superintendent Jo Ann Bludau said she was shocked by the outcome. The district hosted 16 bond presentations as well as created brochures explaining what the money would go toward, she said.

"I'm not sure what we're going to do to accommodate our growth in our (enrollment) numbers. We're going to go back to the drawing board," Bludau said Tuesday night.

The district planned to use the money to expand the library, prevent walk-up access, add classrooms and improve technology, electrical and air conditioning systems at the elementary campus.

At the junior high campus, officials planned to build a new cafeteria as well as correct some drainage and foundation issues, according to earlier reports.

The debt service tax rate was expected to increase 11 cents per $100 in valuation from $1.1027 to $1.2163.

Taxes on a $100,000 home would have increased by about $113 before exemptions.

She said the board may consult with architects about the foundation issues, but there isn't money to address the issues immediately.

The board may also consider increasing its maintenance and operations budget, she said.

"We've been reluctant to do that. ... As a Chapter 41 district, any time we raise pennies on the maintenance and operations side, there is a percentage we have to send back to the state," Bludau said.

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