The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees officially called for annexation elections in five Central Texas communities Friday, August 20.
Voters will go to the polls November 2 in Bastrop ISD, Elgin ISD, McDade ISD, Hays CISD, and San Marcos CISD; early voting runs October 18-29. Only registered voters in each territory will be eligible to cast ballots in their community’s election, which will determine whether that area will become part of the ACC District.
Steering committees composed of residents from within each school district’s boundaries collected signatures from 5 percent of local, registered voters in order for the annexation election to take place, per Texas Education Code.
The college has published individual Service Plans for each area (services and programs ACC will bring to the community) and held public hearings.
While ACC encourages communities to explore the benefits and costs of joining the district, the college does not advocate for or against any such initiative. The law does allow the college to respond to questions and provide facts about annexation; however, the decision on whether to join the ACC District rests solely with the voters within those territories.
Should voters decide to become part of the ACC District, homeowners would pay a property tax proposed at $0.0951 per $100 valuation for the coming fiscal year. The total tax rate includes a maintenance and operations rate of $0.09, which cannot be increased without voter approval. The remainder of the amount ($0.0051) goes toward debt service on facilities bonds. The college offers a standard $5,000 homestead exemption, and senior citizens and homeowners with disabilities receive an additional $105,000 exemption, for a total exemption of $110,000 – the most generous in the region.
In exchange for paying the property tax, district residents have access to more comprehensive programs and services as well as much lower in-district tuition of $42 per credit hour, compared with $150 per hour for out-of-district students (2010-2011). ACC’s Master Plan, approved by the governing board, calls for campuses to be constructed in Bastrop, Elgin, the Buda/Kyle area, and San Marcos, subject to successful annexation elections. The college has entered into contracts for the purchase of land in each of those communities.
For more information on annexation and to see each community’s Service Plan, please visit austincc.edu/annexation.Back to Top