2 new elementary schools, performing arts center approved after bond passes


Just over 11 percent of DeWitt County’s 11,600 registered voters made their way to the polls for the CISD bonds and state amendment elections.
All of the amendments passed and Cuero School District voters approved a $76 million bond election.
Voters approved the bond election with 392 (58%) votes in favor and 280 (42%) votes against. Of the 672 votes cast in this election, 371 came from early voting.
With approval of the bond issue, the district will build two new elementary schools and renovate Cuero Intermediate, Junior High and High School. The district will build a new performing arts center, a new gymnasium, a new band hall and expand the seating at Gobbler Stadium. The district’s technology infrasture and PowerUP project will receive part of the money.
The district explained this debt will not begin to be retired until the 2014 tax year. It is expected that it may increase the debt tax about 30-cents per $100 valuation.
With a portion of the Yoakum School District in this county, several in the eastern portion of the county were voting on a $50 million bond issue for that district. That election passed with 69% of the votes in favor and 31% against. 
All of the state constitutional amendments passed across Texas. In DeWitt County the only proposition that was close was No. 5 that dealt with reverse mortgage loans. Here the vote was 50/50 with 593 in favor and 591 against.
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