Austin Community College (ACC) was turned back by most voters Tuesday in its attempt to enlarge its district.
ACC lost annexation bids in San Marcos CISD, Bastrop ISD and McDade ISD, marking the first time ACC has ever lost an annexation election. ACC succeeded in its bids to annex Hays CISD and Elgin ISD.
Hampered by a tortured relationship with San Marcos CISD voters going back to an episode of petition fraud in 2006, ACC received support from only 45.08 percent of 10,138 San Marcos CISD voters. Through early voting, ACC was hanging in there with 48.2 percent of the vote.
“Well, of course I’m disappointed it didn’t pass, but my main goal was to get in on the ballot and for the voters to decide,” said Kim Porterfield, one of the co-chairs of San Marcos ACCess, the group promoting ACC annexation in San Marcos. “The voters have decided for San Marcos, and so I respect that. Hays will be getting a campus. It looks like Hays will have one there, so we’ll have a campus next door that will still benefit San Marcos, although our residents will have to pay the out-of-district tuition. But I think that’s a step in the right direction, I think.”
Hays CISD passed ACC annexation with support from 58.5 percent of 11,770 total votes. ACC annexation entered Election Day with a comfortable 60.3 percent of the early vote in Hays CISD.
ACC’s plan for Hays CISD includes a Kyle campus. Hays CISD property owners will be taxed an additional 9.51 cents per $100 of taxable value. In exchange, Hays CISD residents will be able to attend ACC at the in-district tuition rate of $42 per hour, rather than the out-of-district rate of $150 per hour.Email | Print