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May 12, 2013

Voters approve $56 M bond for LC-M CISD

LITTLE CYPRESS — The future is looking bright for the students of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District.

Voters approved a proposed $56 million bond election on Saturday, May 11, by a margin of 1,306 for to 954 against. This bond will help address multiple security concerns at campuses across the district, as well as help replace and repair aging facilities on each campus.

“LC-M has never passed a bond over $12.5 million before, and that was in 1999,” said Dr. Pauline Hargrove, superintendent of the LC-M Consolidated Independent School District. “And that bond was unique because it didn’t raise taxes.”

Earlier this year, The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to call for a $56 million bond election to help repair, and, in some cases, replace aging facilities throughout the district which were built between 30 to 60 years ago, depending on the campus.

A priority of the bond was in improving safety at each facility by providing for the construction of secure main entrances at all LC-M CISD campuses. These improvements will be made by connecting buildings together and eliminating exterior walkways between classes.

taxes will increase for patrons of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District. The average market value of a residence within the district is currently $109,842.

According to information provided by the district, if the bond election is approved by voters, taxes on a house valued at $100,000 would increase by $266 per year.

However, this rate increase would not apply to district patrons who are ages 65 and older or disabled.

“I think people realized we, as a district, were in a positio

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