Bond Measures Win Passage
Houstonvoters were apparently in a positive mood on Election Day 2012, because every single one of the bond measures on the city ballot passed easily. The Houston ISD bond measure, which will raise nearly $2 billion to build and renovate schools in the district, passed with nearly 70% support. HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier was thrilled. "It's gonna increase property values, it's gonna bring jobs to our community," he said after learning of its passage. "More importantly it's gonna give our teachers, students, principals, and parents the kind of facilities that our children have deserved for so long."
Voters also passed a similar bond measure to fund improvements at the Houston Community College system, and they approved the referendum on METRO Transit funding, which will allow METRO to keep more of its future tax collections to use for new buses and bus shelters.
In addition, all five of the city of Houston's public improvement bond measures swept to passage. Proposition A will fund improvements to public safety; Prop B funds new parks and trail around the city; Prop C pays for new public health and human services; Prop D funds improvements to public libraries; and Prop E allows the city to build more affordable housing.