DALLAS — Voters across Texas approved most of the $1.8 billion of bond issues on local ballots Saturday, led by San Antonio’s $596 million offering.
Voters also elected local school board members and city officials.
In a light turnout, San Antonio won easy approval of its five bond propositions for streets, flood control and other projects. Approval rates ranged from 62% to 72%.
Former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell, who co-chaired the campaign in favor of the bonds, pointed to the city’s AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s, noting that it was higher than that of the U.S. government.
In the New Caney Independent School District north of Houston, voters approved a $97.5 million bond issue to build two schools and a new or renovated stadium.
Voters in another Houston-area district, Brazosport ISD, approved a $40.3 million bond issue for new schools.
Voters in Belton ISD, between Austin and Waco, approved $60 million of bonds to build three new schools.
In another Central Texas school district, Caldwell ISD, voters decisively defeated two bond proposals worth $52 million.
Bonham ISD, north of Dallas near the Oklahoma border, won 60% approval for its $7 million bond issue for renovations of an intermediate school.
In remote Andrews County on the New Mexico border, voters approved $59.4 million for a new medical building for the Andrews County Hospital District.
In the Galveston County town of Santa Fe, voters rejected a $6 million bond for a new police building.
Last year, voters approved $2.14 billion out of $2.62 billion on ballots statewide.