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Katy ISD Sets May Bond Election, No Change to Tax Rate

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

February 9, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark


Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve an Order calling for a school bond election to be held this May. Four propositions were outlined in the Order. The District has been assessing its needs as the Katy-area continues to grow, expanding the need for new schools, renovations, and more.


The Fastest Growing School District in Texas

On May 1, 2021 Katy residents can vote on four Katy ISD bond propositions that the District says will aid them to meet goals and standards as the Katy-area continues to be the fastest growing school district in the State of Texas.



Katy ISD currently has more than 84,000 students enrolled and is expected to see over 100,000 students by 2026.


Four Propositions in 2021 Bond Package

During a Special Board Meeting last night, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve an Order calling for the school bond election. The proposed 2021 bond package was developed by the Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) and includes the following propositions:

  • Proposition A - New Schools, Renovations, Safety & Security and Building Component Replacements $591,368,568

  • Proposition B - Classroom and Campus Technology $59,755,242

  • Proposition C - Natatorium for High School #10 $13,842,610

  • Proposition D - Campus and District Athletic Facilities/Stadiums Repairs & Component Replacements $11,260,000

Katy ISD shared the above flyer on their website.


Read proposed projects by Katy campus here.


No Change to Tax Rate

If the 2021 Bond package is approved, the District says there will be “no change to the tax rate for Katy ISD taxpayers.” The fine print: “Residents’ tax rate does not change, though the length of time our community pays on existing & new school district debt is extended because the outstanding total has increased.”


Katy ISD can make all of the existing and new bond payments, with the $0.39 school district bond tax residents are currently paying.


The 2021 Bond Propositions include over 400 campus and facility projects, including five new schools and a transportation facility, major renovations and/or additions for seven existing campuses. safety and security improvements, component replacements that include chiller replacements, re-roofing and kitchen equipment, technology upgrades, and other projects.



Common improvements on the Katy ISD campuses include:

  • Security camera upgrades

  • Wireless access upgrades

  • Copier retrofits

  • Cybersecurity infrastructure

In some schools, proposed bond projects include replacing floors, skylights, domestic boilers, and HVAC equipment. Larger projects include additions to buildings.


Exterior bond projects at several high schools in the district propose replacing sports field lighting and replacing track surfaces.


Early voting starts Monday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 27. Election Day is May 1. Voting is available in-person only.


For more information, and to see the proposed projects by campus, visit the 2021 Bond Website.


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