GATESVILLE — Voters in the Gatesville Independent School District on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $17.9 million bond issue to build a new elementary school.

The measure to replace the current 64-year-old elementary school passed with about 77 percent of the vote — 1,129-340 — following a vigorous campaign by the school district.

Two incumbents on the Gatesville ISD board were re-elected in a four-person race for two at-large seats.

Gatesville ISD Board Vice President Mary Anne Leib received 868 votes for about 38 percent and board member Gerald R. Poe got 936 votes for about 41 percent.

“I appreciate the votes and I will try to do the best I can,” Leib said.

She said the bond issue vote “shows there is a lot of support from people who think we need a new school. This is going to be a great thing for our city and our kids.”

The estimated tax impact of the bond is 5.9 cents per $100 property valuation, bringing the Gatesville ISD tax rate to $1.187. For a home valued at $100,000, the increase would be about $4.18 per month.

Gatesville City Council member Barbara Burrow held off a challenger to win re-election in Ward 1 Place 1, getting 266 votes for about 52 percent. Robert Kent received 247 votes for about 42 percent.

“I am very happy to be elected to serve the people for another term,” Burrow said. “The vote is an endorsement for being a voice for reason in the council meetings.”

Contact Tim Orwig at torwig@kdhnews.com

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