Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced in a release today the launch of a new online database that details public school construction costs since 2007, giving taxpayers more insight into how Texas public school districts have accumulated a third of all outstanding debt issued by local governments.
The Texas Public Schools Construction database can be found at www.texastransparency.org/Special_Features/Your_Money/School_Construction. The site will help Texans prepare to vote in the upcoming local bond elections, which feature a total of $6.7 billion of proposed bond debt on the ballot, 92 percent of which is proposed by local school boards, the release stated.
This is the first publicly accessible database containing Texas public school construction data. To provide greater transparency on new school construction costs, the comptroller’s office submitted a public information request to every Texas public school district and charter operator to gather data on schools built from 2007 through 2013.