College Station Voters Approve School Bond Issue

Just one race was contested Tuesday night for College Station's city council, but voters in that city also determined a major school bond issue.

By a 69-31 margin, voters said yes to an $83.5 million school bond that would go towards a ninth elementary school, a center for alternative learning and other improvements, projects and purchases.

The bond sale is set to have a property tax impact of $0.05 to $0.08 per $100 of evaluation for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The projected cost of the elementary school comes in at approximately $20 million, the highest-priced item on the ballot. The alternative learning center has about a $15.5 million price tag.

For College Station City Council Place 2, Steve Aldrich defeated Gary Ives by taking home 75 percent of the vote. Aldrich, an investment advisor, served more than a decade on the College Station school board. Ives is a retired librarian. Each was making their first runs for city council for a seat being vacated by Jess Fields, who chose not to run for re-election.

In all, 3,719 people voted in the city council race.

Aldrich will join five other councilmembers along with Mayor Nancy Berry, who was unopposed in this year's election, meaning she will begin her second, three-year term at the November 14 council meeting after the votes are canvassed.

In addition to the school bond issue, voters also determined one school board seat.

With Place 3's Dr. Garland Watson not seeking re-election, Texas A&M associate professor Michael Wesson scored the victory Tuesday with 53 percent of the vote, defeating clothing store owner John Fedora (31 percent) and City of College Station information technologies director Ben Roper (16 percent).

Board Secretary Jeff Harris was unopposed for his Place 4 seat. Construction contractor Quinn Williams had no opponent for Place 5, where trustee Randall Pitcock chose not to seek re-election.


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