Northwest voters close to approving bond election

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Northwest school district voters appeared close to approving a $255 million bond issue Tuesday that will build a new high school and middle school and upgrade other facilities and programs to handle growth over the next few years.

In unofficial, early results, the bond issue was passing by 60 percent in Tarrant County and 56 percent in Denton County, but trailing in Wise County with 55 percent against.

The bond package will increase property taxes by 7.75 cents per $100 of assessed value, officials said.

Projecting a 5,800 student increase by the 2017-18 school year, the district that has 27 schools in Tarrant, Denton and Wise counties based its request on an 8 to 19 percent annual growth over the last decade, said Superintendent Karen Rue.

Besides the new high school and middle school, which will be built on 137 acres in the north Fort Worth/Haslet area, the bond issue calls for program enhancements for science, math and environmental students and updates to technology and security.

Voters in the Northwest district have approved each of the past three bond elections.

Unofficial results from other ballots show:

Grapevine

Voters approved the proposed sale of almost $70 million in general obligation bonds for construction of a new public safety building and the doubling in size of the city's community recreation center.

More than 77 percent of the voters approved both propositions on the ballot by late Tuesday evening.

"The people have supported both propositions in a traditional manner," said Mayor William D. Tate. "They also seem to support projects that improve the quality of life in our community."

Proposition No. 1 is for bonds to construct a 108,000-square-foot public safety building to house the city's municipal court, police detention center, law enforcement facilities and fire headquarters. Construction is estimated to cost $38.5 million.

Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs said the building would help "the efficiency of both departments working together under one roof."

Proposition No. 2 calls for bonds to add 60,000 square feet to the recreation center, the Community Activities Center. It will include a senior center, indoor pool, multipurpose rooms, game room, lockers, meeting rooms and other amenities. The estimated cost is about $30 million.

Benbrook

Charlie Anderson was destined for City Council Place 2, garnering 62 percent of the vote, compared with 38 percent for Candace Spoon Blair. Rickie Allison and Mark Washburn were unopposed for Places 4 and 6, respectively.

Everman

Based on early voting reports only, voters approved a pair of general obligation bonds. Proposition 1 -- for up to $1.5 million for drainage, street, curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements and utility relocations -- passed with 78 percent. Proposition 2 -- for up to $1 million to build, expand and equip parks -- received 67 percent approval.

Pelican Bay

Voters preferred William Morley for Alderman Place 3, with 51 percent over John Shumate's 49 percent, and Glen Oberg for Alderman Place 4 by 48 percent over Sabra Swaim's 30 percent and write-in candidate Rusty Rogers' 21 percent.

Saginaw

A special election was putting Jackie D. Nethery into the unexpired term of Place 6 on the city council, which will expire May 2014, with 48 percent. Challenger Chris Barngrover got 28 percent, while Gary Barber received 24 percent.

Trophy Club

Voters shifted a quarter percent of local sales and use taxes from the Trophy Club Economic Development Corporation 4A to the Trophy Club Economic Development Corporation 4B, with 73 percent of voters approving.

White Settlement

Voters were putting Danny Anderson into City Council Place 4 with 44 percent, compared with 30 percent for Paul Moore, 18 percent for Daniel Munoz Sr., and 8 percent for George Klecan. Steve Ott took Place 5 by 54 percent over Garry Wilson's 46 percent.

All five charter amendments on White Settlement ballots passed with margins from 68 to 74 percent.

Lake Worth school district

Liane Price led in the school board Place 6 race by 57 percent over Donna Hutson's 43 percent. Steve Atchison took Place 5 with 72 percent over Gary Stuard's 28 percent.

Armando Velazquez and Jerry Welch were unopposed for places 3 and 7, respectively.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Terry Evans, (817) 390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

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