Election results: A good day for bonds
Voters were willing to spend, approving most of the largest bond issues before them.
Texas voters, who faced the most bond issues, also approved a proposition to allow the Texas Water Development board to issue general obligation bonds to fund water and sewer services in economically distressed areas of the state.
In Texas, a $3.5 billion Harris County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bond referendum had garnered 68% of the vote in early returns. A $3 billion Texas proposal for bond to fund the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was approved, a $966 million Arlington Independent School District bond issue also won approval, $825 million Tarrant County College District bonds appeared headed for approval with 60% of the vote, $653.6 million Conroe ISD bonds were approved with 56% of the vote, and $623 million Forney ISD won strong support, passing with about 73% of the vote.
A $569 million bond plan from Midland ISD won by 12 votes, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram; Williamson County voters passed a $412 million roads bond issue and $35 million more for parks; while voters rejected a $357.6 million Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD bond proposal. $315 million Keller ISD bonds were approved, according to unofficial results; $295.2 million Waller ISD bonds appeared to be approved according to unofficial totals, the district announced on Twitter.
A $284 million Del Valle ISD plan passed as did a $280 million Manor ISD bond issue. $200 million Texas water development bonds were approved; $198 million of Cleveland ISD, Texas, bonds passed. Denton voters approved $154 million for street improvements.
Sabine Pass ISD voters approved $150 million of issuance; Aledo ISD voters were backing $150 million of bonds in “incomplete and unofficial” results, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. $148 million of Midway ISD bonds passed, as did $131 million for Port Neches-Groves ISD.
Three issues for Brickston MUD $215 million, $187 million, and $111.1 million appeared to pass, as did four issues for the Karis Municipal Management District, two each of $115.995 million and $112.665 million.
Kaufman County voters said yes to $104.1 million of bonds for transportation improvements, while a $107 million Dumas ISD bond issue was ahead 1,189-1,169.
Ann Arbor Public Schools, Mich., voters approved a $1 billion bond plan.
A $600 million San Francisco question on housing bonds had tallied 69% of the vote, with a two-thirds majority needed, but mail-in votes still needed to be counted before approval was official.
A $475 million Metro, Oregon, parks and open spaces bond measure was approved, $425 million Ysleta ISD bonds were leading with 58% of the vote, and $413.1 million El Paso bonds had nearly 60% approval.
A $395 million Greeley Evans SD 6, Colorado, ballot question had 52% of the vote, according to the Greeley Tribune. Weld County SD RE-2 voters seem to have narrowly rejected a $139.9 million issue, but approved a $128.5 million issue.
A $360 million Fairfax County, Virginia, bond measure appears to have passed, WTOP reported.
A $355 million Prince William County, Virginia, bond measure had nearly 73% of the vote with 44 of 94 precincts reporting.
White Bear Lake School District, Minnesota, seemed to approve $326 million of bonds for construction, which would be “the largest successful school bond referendum in Minnesota history,” the Star Tribune reported.
$290.2 million Chandler USD 80, Arizona, bonds were approved.
Beaufort County SD, South Carolina, passed a $291 million referendum with 69%, and a $54 million part two — which could only be approved after the $291 million portion passed — with 68% of the vote.
A $273 million Puyallup SD #3, Washington, bond issue was short of the 60% supermajority needed for passage. $249.6 million Renton SD #403, Washington, bonds had tallied 66% of the vote in early results.
$245 million Provo CSD, Utah, bonds received 63% of the “yes” vote.
A $240 million Dearborn SD, Michigan, proposal appeared to fail, with nearly 52% of voters rejecting the plan in unofficial results with all precincts reporting.
Paradise Valley USD 69, Arizona, voters seem to have approved a $238.1 million bond referendum with 62% of the vote.
A $218.3 million Pueblo County SD 60, Colorado, bond issue appeared headed toward approval.
Voters approved $206.8 million of bonds for West Linn-Wilsonville SD 3J, Oregon.
$191 million Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, Indiana, bonds were approved.
Novi Community SD, Michigan, voters approved a $185 million bond plan.
Voters approved $185 million of bonds for Philadelphia infrastructure, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In unofficial results, $179.5 million Gilbert USD 41, Arizona, bonds had 62% of the vote, while $175 million Deer Valley USD 97, Arizona, bonds received 59% approval.
Huron SD, Michigan, voters approved $182 million of bonds.
A $179.5 million Mesa County Valley SD 51, Colo., proposal appeared to be rejected with 53% voting against the issue in unofficial results.
In early voting, $171.4 million bond for Rochester ISD 535, Minnesota, appeared headed to approval.
Voters in Dysart USD 89, Arizona, were rejecting a $152.5 million issue 52%-48% in unofficial results.
Wasatch School District, Utah, voters rejected $150 million of issuance.
Hudsonville Public School District, Michigan, voters approved $140 million of bonds.
North Ridgefield CSD, Ohio, voters turned down its request for $136.565 million of bonds, while Sycamore CSD voters approved $127.5 million of issuance, Loveland CSD voters nixed $118.5 million of bonds, and Westerville CSD voters approved $103 million.
Tolleson UHSD 214, Arizona, voters approved $125 million of issuance, while Scottsdale voters approved three issues: $122.6 million for parks, recreation and senior services; $112.3 million for community spaces and infrastructure; and $94.1 million for public safety, infrastructure and technology.
Longview SD 122, Washington’s $119 million of bonds failed to achieve the 60% supermajority needed for passage, garnering about 55%, the second time in two years the district failed to win approval for bonds. Shoreline voters also failed to give a $103.6 million aquatic center bonds the 60% needed for passage,
Elk River ISD 728, Minnesoata, voters approved $114 million for school renovation and maintenance, Eastern Carver County ISD 112 voters rejected a call for $111.675 million bonds, Moorhead ISD 152 voters said yes to $110 million in bonds, and in Owatonna ISD 761 the $104 million of bond referendum was at 50% each for and against, with 18 more votes for yes than no.
Maine voters approved $105 million of bonds for transportation. Albuquerque SD 12, New Mexico, voters appear to have approved $100 million, the Albuquerque Journal reported.