The mailing of property appraisal notices by the Hood Central Appraisal District was a gut punch for pretty much everybody, including the Granbury Independent School District.

About 44,000 notices hit mailboxes during the early voting period for the May 7 election. GISD had two ambitious bonds totaling $394 million on that ballot, and they would have added 20 cents per $100 valuation to the district’s property tax rate. Both measures failed by wide margins.