Erath County voters rejected a $10.8 million Dublin ISD bond proposal in May, and on Tuesday, they voted it down again.
A total of 1,043 voted against, with 816 voting for the proposal.
If the measure would have passed, it would have increased per-homeowner taxes by an average of $4.34 per month, or $52.10 per year.
After Tuesday's results, Dr. Rodney Schneider, Dublin ISD superintendent, said, “I want to reiterate what I have been saying for the past couple of weeks. Although the outcome of today's election, was not what many people had hoped, Dublin has already won because our community faced one of the most sensitive and difficult topics (taxes) with class and composure.
“We won because we dealt with this sensitive subject matter with thoughtful and intelligent discourse as well as positive civil rhetoric and attitudes.”
Schneider continued, “I am so very proud of our community. I am so very proud of our school district, kids, teachers, staff, and administrators because we have overcome so much to become such a catalyst and positive force in the growth and development of our community.
“We won because I am confident that despite the negative outcome of today's election, the positive growth in our school and community will continue unhindered. I want to thank the Dublin Facilities Improvement Committee for their hard work and commitment to the children of Dublin. It is a great day to be a Dublin Lion and living in the great community of Dublin, Texas.”
Had it passed, the bond proposal funds were to be used for the improvement of campus-wide safety, renovations to the elementary school and a multipurpose gym and performance hall, football stadium, eight-lane track, tennis courts, ag facility and renovations to the locker rooms.