TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Voters denied a near $27 million bond for Merkel ISD in Tuesday’s election, skirting a property tax increase.

During election night, the Merkel ISD’s Bond Proposition ‘A’ ($24.6 million for campus upgrades) was denied with 57% of voters against the proposition and 43% for.

  • Proposition A: $24,616,200
    • Elementary Renovation (Cafeteria / Dining Hall / Serving Line) 
    • 7th & 8th Grade Academic Renovation
    • Middle School Competition Gym Renovation 
    • Middle School Site Canopies, Sidewalks, and Parking Pavement 
    • Middle School Auditorium (Minor) Renovations
    • High School Agriculture Science Facility Renovations
    • High School Site Canopies, Sidewalks, and Parking Pavement 
    • A New High School (CTE) Continuing Education Facility
    • High School Baseball & Softball Site Improvements

Very similarly, the district’s Bond Proposition ‘B’ ($2.2 million for football stadium site improvements) was denied with 58% of voters against the proposition and 42% for.

  • Proposition B: $2,240,000
    • Football Stadium site improvements

The school tax rate increase, as outlined by Merkel ISD, would have been at the rate of $0.26.

Now that the bond has failed, it’s unclear what Merkel ISD intends to do for the needed renovations.

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