Early voting continues in JISD bond election

Registered voters in the Jourdanton Independent School District are reminded that they still have time to vote early in the bond election. Early voting continues on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28-30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atascosa County Annex II. It is located on the corner of Main St. and Simmons St. in Jourdanton.

Those who decide to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, need to vote in their precinct. Locations are:

•Pct. 1- Pleasanton Fire Station, 219 W. Hunt Street in Pleasanton.

•Pct. 3- Campbellton Community Center, 305 St. Frances Street in Campbellton.

•Pct. 4- Jourdanton Community Center, 1101 Campbell Avenue in Jourdanton.

•Pct. 5- Charlotte First Baptist Church, 173 S. Yule Avenue in Charlotte.

•Pct. 6- Poteet VFW Building, 9644 N. SH 16 in Poteet.

The JISD proposed $46 million bond includes the following projects:

•Instructional/Campus Facilities, including Career and Technology Education- Ag, Family & Consumer Science, Business and IT:

Early Childhood Campus with playground and elementary cafeteria, Ag Barn, Career and Technology Education Building and Art Room- High School and High School Band Room for 60 students. The estimated total in the Instructional/Campus Facilities category is $17,919,000.

•Sports Facilities Construction and Renovations:

Field House and gym dressing rooms renovations, Baseball/Softball Complex with concessions, restrooms and parking, Tennis Courts at Sports Complex and renovation of existing one, High School Gym Renovation- additional seating (visitor’s side) and Football Stadium Renovation stands, concessions, restrooms, track, turf and entry. In the Sports Facilities category, the estimated total cost is $15,013,133.

•Grounds and Services:

Bus Yard- bus parking, office, bay, fueling station; Elementary School parking, Junior High School Parking, High School Parking and Outdoor Eating

Area and Districtwide Safety Features, paving, sidewalks, canopy, demolishing of current facilities. The Grounds and Services total is estimated at $4,451,475.

This brings the estimated construction cost to $37,383,608. Contingency cost is $2,896,042, with a soft cost of $5,689,801, for a total estimated bond cost of $45,969,451.

How much will my taxes increase?

Those age 65 and older may be eligible for the Homestead Exemption, but you have to request this exemption through the Atascosa County Appraisal District.

If you are not 65 yet, a home valued at $100,000 will see an increase of approximately $30 per month.

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