Bonds proposed by the Aledo Independent School District and the City of Weatherford failed to pass Tuesday night, while a bid for annexation for Emergency Services District No. 3 passed by a little less than 300 votes.
Aledo ISD residents nixed issuing $61.5 million in bonds by about 500 votes, halting plans to build a new elementary school, expand McAnally Intermediate School and other projects.
The final tally was 3,152 (46 percent) in favor and 3,633 (54 percent) against. A total of 3,887 votes were cast in early voting, with 1,785 in favor (46 percent) and 2,102 (54 percent) against.
“The 2025 Committee worked really hard to come up with this recommendation, but the community has spoken,” AISD Superintendent Derek Citty said. “We’ll have to evaluate what to do in the next election cycle in May.
“Historically, in this district, bonds typically fail in their first attempt. I’ve been told that by a lot of folks.”
School administrators estimated that the bond’s passage would have caused the district’s tax rate of $1.4252 per $100 of assessed value to rise to $1.5210 per $100 of assessed value to fund the projects, adding about $225 to the annual tax bill of the owner of a house valued at $235,268, the district’s average taxable house value.
It was a fairly close race throughout for the City of Weatherford’s bond proposition, which initially showed 44 percent voting in favor, according to early voting numbers.
Final but unofficial results saw the $16.5 million bond proposition fail, with 3,033 residents voting against and 2,463 voting in favor.
“I am surprised slightly [with the results] but that’s the will of the people. I’m just happy we had so many people come out and vote,” Weatherford Place 1 City Councilmember Heidi Wilder said.
The $16.5 million bond proposition revolved around the city’s conceptual downtown plan, which accounted for $14 million of the total.
An effort at “recapturing that old, historic feel” and becoming more pedestrian-friendly, the plan would have phased in over three years, beginning with a loop on the north side of the square to divert downtown traffic. Wilder said the board will have to go back and reevaluate its strategic plan.
“Transportation is always one of the top priorities besides public health and safety,” she said. “This will affect transportation slightly, but we will keep going with our strategic plan, even if there is a slight alteration.”
Emergency Services Districts
Results show the ESD No. 3 annexation was successful, while the ESD No. 8 annexation failed by a slim margin.
Per state law, voters also had their say on propositions dealing with the proposed annexation areas accepting proportionate shares of each ESD’s debt.
ESD No. 3
When voters weighed in on Emergency Services District No. 3 attempting to annex portions of the City of Weatherford’s extraterritorial jurisdiction — both north and south of the city — voters outside the district passed it 1,178 (57 percent) to 884 (43 percent), and voters inside the district passed it 1,163 (74 percent) to 416 (26 percent).
On the proposition concerning the proposed annexation area accepting its proportionate share of the ESD’s debt, voters outside the district voted against 1,084 (53 percent) to 977 in favor (47 percent), and voters inside the district passed it 1,100 (70 percent) to 472 against (30 percent).
“I’m happy that it’s finally done,” said ESD No. 3 Board President Steve Malley, adding that he expected the proposition to pass. “We can get back to providing fire coverage; nothing’s going to change.”
ESD No. 8
When voters weighed in on Emergency Services District No. 8 attempting to annex both Poolville and the City of Weatherford’s extraterritorial jurisdiction north of the city, voters outside the district voted in favor 445 (49 percent) to 457 against (51 percent), and voters inside the district voted 675 (73 percent) in favor to 251 against (27 percent).
On the proposition regarding accepting a proportionate share of ESD No. 8’s debt, voters outside the district voted in favor 389 (43 percent) to 510 against (57 percent), and voters inside the district voted in favor 643 (70 percent) to 280 against (30 percent).
ESD No. 8 Board President Gerald Bates said the district had some trouble with the Poolville Fire Department.
“They asked us to let them come in a year and a half ago, and then they backed out about three months ago,” he said. “Now we’re out the money for the election.”
In the election, both ESD No. 3 and ESD No. 8 sought to annex the same area — a 30-square mile tract north of Weatherford with an estimated taxable value of $273 million, according to the Parker County Appraisal District — which will now become part of ESD No. 3.
Both ESD No. 3 and ESD No. 8 have approved the maximum property tax rate of 10 cents/$100 valuation for the upcoming fiscal year.