Bond elections: $1B-plus deals approved or leading, next tier faltering
The largest bond elections have been approved, or are ahead, with results slower than usual, but those just below the $1 billion level were having a more difficult time, with several rejected or not enough earning votes for passage.
The $7 billion Los Angeles Unified School District bonds garnered 71% of the vote as tabulation was still in the early stages; the $5.5 billion California stem cell funding bill had collected 51.1% “yes” votes as of 6 a.m. Wednesday..
The Dallas Independent School District $3.7 billion construction bonds were running at 51.8% yes, and its $270 million technology bonds were also supported, with the final tally not yet in, while King County Wash., voters passed a $1.74 billion bond for health facilities, San Antonio ISD voters approved a $1.21 billion bond issuance, and Portland Public SD #1J, Ore., backed a $1.2 billion bond deal.
Unofficial results showed the Northwest ISD, Texas, $937.702 million bonds rejected, with 60% of voters opposed. San Diego’s $900 million Measure A for affordable housing had about 57% of the vote, short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage.
San Jose Evergreen CCD’s $858 million referendum was falling short of the 55% vote needed for passage, collecting about 53%.
Denver SD #1 voters by a 4-1 margin appear to have approved a $795 million construction and maintenance package; while Oakland USD approved $735 million.
Lamar Consolidated ISD, Texas’ Proposition A for $645 million had 67% approval with about 71% of the vote counted.
Pasadena USD, Calif., voters approved the $516.3 million of bonds requested by the district.
In early voting, San Francisco voters were backing a $487.5 million mental health, housing and parks issue.
Austin voters approved $460 million for transportation infrastructure.
Alameda County Measure XX, $425 million of bonds for Washington Township Healthcare District, was sitting just over the two-thirds threshold as of early Wednesday morning.
Voters approved $387 million for Multnomah County, Ore., libraries.
With 70% of the vote counted, and a 55% approval rate needed, 59% of Clovis USD voters supported the $335 million Measure A.
Madison Metro SD, Wis., voters approved a $317 million facilities bond and a $33 million operating referendum.
Guilford County, N.C., voters approved $300 million for schools.
Frenship ISD, Texas, passed a $299.7 million bond issue.
Citrus Community College District’s $298 million Measure Y had 56.3% of the vote, with ballots still to be counted. And the Wichita Falls ISD Texas’ request for $276 million was too close to call, with the “yes” votes ahead. Amarillo voters rejected the $275 million Proposition A for expanding and renovating the Civic Center. About three-quarters of Fort Bend County voters okayed $218.182 million of mobility bonds, although less than half the votes had been counted.
In early voting, Manteca USD, Calif., voters were rejecting a $260 million bond request. While Inglewood USD voters were voting 4-1 in favor of $240 million bonds, also early in voting. Monterey Peninsula CCD’s $230 million referendum had garnered nearly 63% of the yes vote, according to the county’s “semi-final official report.”
Gretna PSD #37, Neb., voters said “yes’ to $258 million of bonds for construction and improvements.
Detroit’s request for $250 million in bonds to demolish vacant homes appeared on the path to victory with a nearly 2-1 lead with about 67% of the vote counted.
Deschutes Public Library District, Ore., voters approved $195 million to build a new central library, while 59% of Bend voters backed a $190 million transportation bond in early voting.
Allen ISD, Texas, voters were narrowly approving the$189.313 million Proposition A, with about 44,000 votes counted. Bryan ISD voters appear to have approved $175 million bonds, claiming 50.4% of the vote, with mail-in and military ballots not yet counted.
Prince George's County, Md.’s $178.15 million public works and transportation facilities bonds appeared to be passing. Prince George's County, Md.’s $178.15 million public works and transportation facilities bonds appeared to be passing. And a $133 million issue for county buildings also seemed to be passing, as were $121.714 million for community college facilities.
Tooele County SD, Utah’s $170 million referendum had 52.3% of the vote, according to the latest unofficial, incomplete results.
Jefferson Union HSD, Calif.’s $163 measure Z was receiving 65% of the vote.
Fairfax County, Va.’s $160 million transportation bonds appeared to be approved, according to unofficial results.
Torrington, Conn., voters approved $159.575 million of bonds for school construction.
About 65% of New Mexico voters agreed to float up to $156,358,475 of general obligation bonds for schools.
Loudoun County, Va., voters approved $151.21 million of bonds for transportation issues and $123.755 million for schools.
Sanger USD, Calif.’s $150 million referendum tallied about 57% of the vote with about 56% of ballots counted. Central USD’s request for $120,000,000 was running about 59% positive with more than half the ballots counted. The Washington USD’s $150 million facilities bonds appeared headed to passage with 63%, with 73% of precincts reporting. Unofficial results showed Salinas Union HSD’s $140 million passing with 60% of the vote.
Cherry Creek SD #5, Colo.’s $150 million appeared likely to pass, according to published reports
Cranston Public SD, R.I., voters approved $147 million of bonds. Providence voters approved $140 million for schools.
Newberg SD #29J, Ore.’s $141 million referendum appears to have been passed.
Corpus Christi ISD voters approved $136.2 million of bonds and Friendswood ISD approved $127.275 million of building bonds.
La Mesa-Spring Valley SD, Calif., voters approved $136 million of bonds, according to unofficial results.
In Arizona, early returns show Tempe’s $134 million water and sewer improvement bonds well ahead, as were the $74 million street improvement/storm drain bonds, while the $62 million infrastructure, $45 million park improvements and $34 million public safety bonds all had more than 70% of the early vote. The Glendale Union HSD #205 $130 million bond referendum also appears to be passing. But voters were rejecting Peoria USD #11’s $125.255 bond request.