Austin schools' $892M bond plan draws attention

AUSTIN, Texas - (AP) - The Austin Independent School District's $892 million bond proposal is drawing attention with discrepancies on budgeted costs of some items.
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/11LYNwO ) reported Sunday that architects are still scrambling to adjust cost estimates for projects. Early voting begins Monday on the bond package going before citizens May 11.
The newspaper reports some items , like outdoor restrooms and concession storerooms, are budgeted at $10 million but would more likely cost one-fifth of that amount.
The bond proposal was refined by Austin ISD trustees and a citizens' committee in nine months - about half the time it's taken in the past.
Committee member and attorney John Blazier everyone worked hard on the proposal, trustees tried to be fair and it's a really good bond package.

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