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Group files lawsuit over AISD bond package

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A taxpayer advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday that could block next week's vote on a nearly billion dollar school bond package for Austin schools.

Members of the Travis County Taxpayers Union claim the ballot language for the Austin ISD bond does not clearly explain how much it will cost property owners.

According to promotional material posted online, the average homeowner in the Austin school district will pay an additional $70 each year in taxes. But the attorney for the Taxpayers Union, Stephen Casey, told FOX 7 the school district has not made the promise official and the cost could be higher.

"If the language gets corrected then my client would have no concern, they'd obviously want AISD to look at the current outstanding bonds that they have yet to disperse and may be spend money there first before going back to the public for more, it's just like getting a second mortgage on a house, you need to pay off the first mortgage first.," said Casey.

In a statement to FOX 7, officials with AISD claim they are confident that the district is not breaking any law and will continue to provide information about the bond issue.

Early voting begins on Monday, there's no indication of when a hearing will be held on the lawsuit.

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