ACC board proceeds with bond proposal – what employees need to know

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees voted June 16 to proceed with a November bond and tax cap increase election.

The board approved a trimmed-down bond package, divided into two propositions, that addresses the college’s most urgent needs. Trustees also called for a vote on incrementally increasing the maintenance and operations property tax cap to, among other things, stabilize tuition and attract and retain quality faculty and staff. Read the details about the proposals at Board calls November bond election; focuses on infrastructure to support workforce.

Election ethics for employees

As a publically funded institution, ACC follows state laws prohibiting the use of college resources to advocate for any election measure. The college does not use funds, staff time, or other resources to promote the bond or tax cap increase. The college may provide factual, educational information about the proposals. If asked about the proposals, employees may respond with factual information only. When in doubt, the college’s Public Information and College Marketing Department can provide specific guidance.

Employees may advocate for or against any election measure outside of their capacity as an ACC employee. When doing so, employees should make it clear they are acting on their own behalf and on their own time.

Outside organizations and individuals also may advocate on behalf of an election. ACC Works is a political action committee supporting the bond. Individuals who want to learn more about the PAC should contact John Hernandez at

For more information about laws regarding elections and the ACC District, view the Campaign Limits webpage.

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