Voters approve HISD, HCC, METRO bonds

HOUSTON - Voters approve several bonds that will result in big changes in education and transportation.

The Houston Independent School District asked voters to approve a $1.89 billion bond. School district officials said the money is needed to rebuild 20 high schools and make other building and technology improvements. HISD's bond would cost the average homeowner $70 per year in school taxes by 2017.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, 69 percent of voters voted yes.

After early voting numbers were released, HISD sent out a news release proclaiming victory.

"Houston voters sent a message today that all children, regardless of where they live, deserve to attend quality school in quality buildings that offer our great teachers the tools they need to prepare students for a successful future," said Trustee Michael Lunceford, president of the HISD Board of Education. "The new schools that will be built because of this vote will benefit today's students, their future children, and even their grandchildren."

Houston Community College asked voters for $425 million for classroom technology, a medical training center and campus expansions. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, 67 percent voted yes. The college also sent out a news release proclaiming victory after early voting numbers were released.

"Houston Community College is a true economic engine, and a vital centerpiece of our City. HCC's booming student enrollment is a testament to the value, commitment and talent of the institution, the staff, the faculty and the Board. The passage of this bond is further proof of how much this school means to the entire community," said HCC Bond Committee Chair Gene Locke.

METRO is in the middle of expanding light rail. It asked for the public to vote "yes" on the question of whether to reauthorize the general mobility program. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, 79 percent of voters voted for the bond.

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