Crockett County voters approve $33.8 million school bond

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By MELISSA PERNER
The Ozona STockmaN

    Crockett County Voters approved a $33.8 million bond Tuesday for renovations and additions to Ozona High School.
    The final tally was 456 votes in favor and 334 against.
    Early voting totals were 213 for and 161 against.
    On Election Day Tuesday, results were:
    Precinct 1 - For 69; Against 14
    Precinct 2 - For 65; Against 52
    Precinct 3 - For 46; Against 71
    Precinct 4 - For 63; Against 36.
    The total number of Crockett County voters was 802 with 379 voting early and 423 voting on Tuesday.
    Crockett County has 2,458 registered voters.  
    The $33.8 million bond will be for renovation and addition to OHS that includes:
• All new academic classrooms, science labs, a commons area with a new cafeteria and kitchen, and new library in a new academic building that will be constructed between the Heritage Building and the existing Main Building.
    • Demolish the current OHS Main Building and replace it with a new band hall and career and technology education classroom space. Superintendent Raul Chavarria said the cost to tear down the building is cheaper than to renovate. Plus, the current classrooms in the main buildings are small than what Texas Education Agency standards recommends.
    • Renovate the current OHS Auditorium and expand and widen the stage for one-act play competitions and community events. The band hall will be located behind the stage area for band performances.
    • New welding lab where the current OHS Cafeteria is located. The cafeteria building will be demolished.
    • Demolish the current Administration Building and renovate the current library building into the new Administration Building.
    • Additional parking spaces will also be added.
    “On behalf of the CCCCSD Board of Trustees, and all of the staff and students, I would like to thank the voters of Crockett County for approving the Ozona High School Bond. Our students and community will certainly benefit from your commitment to our schools.  The new Ozona High School Campus will honor the past in design, and serve the future generations of Ozona Lions,” Chavarria said.
    With the bond passing, the projected tax impact on local homeowners will be $.125. A person who owns a house valued $100,000 in Crockett County will see a tax increase of $68.75 annually and $5.73 monthly.
    Citizens over the age of 65 are exempt from tax charges with a properly filed and approved homestead exemption. This homestead exemption permanently freezes the amount paid for school property taxes, unless the property is renovated, or additions are made.
    Most of the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution were headed toward approval Tuesday, as of press time.
    Only Proposition 1 - a little discussed amendment on municipal judges - was trailing with only 34 percent in support.
    The most-watched amendment, Proposition 4, which would make it harder to adopt a state income tax, was supported by 72 percent of voters in early returns.
    Local voters voted against Proposition 1 and in favor of the rest of the amendments.
    Full state results can be found at https://results.texas-election.com/races

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