Austin Chamber backs Round Rock ISD bond proposal

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce recently voted to back the Round Rock Independent School District’s propositions slated for the May 2017 ballot, which call for a $2.23 per month tax increase on a $290,000 median priced home.


A large increase in future student growth which is predicted for the Round Rock area.   File photo

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce recently voted to back the Round Rock Independent School District’s propositions slated for the May 2017 ballot, which call for a $2.23 per month tax increase on a $290,000 median priced home.

At its recent meeting, members of the Chamber Board supported the proposed tax increase in a unanimous vote which is part of three propositions that make up a $572.1 million bond. The bond is designed to support learning and to be used to create, maintain and upgrade local school facilities.

“With four out of every 10 Round Rock ISD taxpayers living within the city of Austin, we believe this is an important vote for our community,” the Chamber’s Vice Chair of Education and Senior Vice President at Brookdale Residential Shaun Cranston said.

Cranston said that with the large increase in future student growth which is predicted for the area, the funding is crucial to planning for that expected growth.

“Round Rock ISD has experienced significant student population growth and is expected to exceed 52,000 students by 2027,” Cranston said.  “We watched Round Rock ISD grow its facilities and physical infrastructure while maintaining a AAA-bond rating. We are confident additional bond funds will effectively accommodate our students’ future needs and will continue to allow the district to graduate students fully equipped to contribute to our strong economy."

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