Northwest ISD approves November elections for 2020 bond, board of trustees, tax rate

NISD voters in November will decide on multiple board positions, a voter-approved change to the district tax rate and four district bond referendums totaling $986.6 million. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
NISD voters in November will decide on multiple board positions, a voter-approved change to the district tax rate and four district bond referendums totaling $986.6 million. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

NISD voters in November will decide on multiple board positions, a voter-approved change to the district tax rate and four district bond referendums totaling $986.6 million. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voters in Northwest ISD will have a number of decisions to make come November after the NISD board of trustees voted unanimously Aug. 10 to approve elections for multiple board positions, a voter-approved change to the district tax rate and four district bond referendums totaling $986.6 million.

“We discussed pushing [the bond] to May, but we’re already behind,” said Tim McClure, NISD assistant superintendent for facilities. “Some older schools that were identified in the long-range planning committee call for replacement, and we’ve asked to move those up in the schedule.”

District officials expect zero tax impact to occur because of the bond as home building continues within district boundaries, McClure said. The district will also delay the sale of bonds for various projects until it is necessary, he said.

“There’s this protective housing bubble, and for lots of different reasons, people are still buying homes and moving into those houses,” McClure said. “That’s dollars saved for our taxpayers, and we’re talking about replacement schools, so we’re not just relying on population growth.”

To comply with state law, the district’s 2020 bond will be split into four referendums, officials said: school facilities and capital improvements; other recreational facilities; renovations to stadiums; and technology devices.


A referendum for facilities improvements will total $937,702,000 and will include construction of seven new schools, an expansion of Northwest High School, acquisition of land, and other projects.

Work on other recreation facilities, such as tennis courts and football fields, will cost 23,573,000; stadium renovations will cost $8,840,000; and upgrades to technology devices will cost $16,485,000.

NISD voters will also have an opportunity to ratify the district’s new effective tax rate of $1.4663 per $100 valuation.

The maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate will increase by seven cents to $1.0463, and the interest and sinking rate will decrease by three cents to $0.4200, officials said.

“From the state point of view, our revenue is going to be limited, and we need to protect our programs and the services we have,” NISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said. “No school district can operate with a loss of as much revenue as [House Bill] 3 has forced on us.”

The House Bill 3 school finance bill has prompted the NISD board to compress its maintenance and operations rate in recent years, and the district is still paying money to the state through recapture, Warren said.

If the change in tax rate were not approved by voters, the M&O portion would revert back to $0.9163, and there would be a negative impact on the district, NISD Chief Financial Officer Brian Carter said.

“We are looking at 7% or less in growth for taxable [home] values in the next five years,” Carter said. “We are lowering the [interest and sinking portion], which still allows the district to take care of debt.”

In addition, NISD voters will decide Nov. 3 between Lillian Rauch and Jennifer Zazula for Place 6 and between Ron Hastings and Jennifer Murphy for Place 7. Current Place 5 trustee Steve Sprowls is running unopposed.

NISD bond proposals will appear on the ballot as Propositions A, B, C and D, according to district officials. The voter-approved tax rate will appear as Proposition E.

Early voting will take place from Oct. 13-30, and Election Day will be Nov. 3.

For more information on 2020 NISD bond referendums, click here. For more information on the 2020 NISD board election, click here.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


MOST RECENT

The store located at The Patios at the Rail will offer a variety of Texas T-shirts, hats and gear for purchase. (Courtesy Tumbleweed TexStyles)
Tumbleweed TexStyles shop coming soon to Frisco and more DFW news

Read the latest Dallas-Fort Worth business and community news.

Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference
Gov. Greg Abbott to allocate $171M from CARES Act to help renters at risk of eviction

Gov. Greg Abbott will allocate more than $171 million in renters assistance from the federal coronavirus relief package to eligible Texans.

‘Urban destination’ North City beginning to take shape in north Fort Worth

According to the developer, the goal with North City is to create a mixed-use urban village.

Sheri Brunson, owner of multiple Cinch Cleaners locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, has been a business owner for more than two decades, but even she is struggling with a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cinch Cleaners: Pandemic presents unique challenges for local entrepreneur

Cinch Cleaners offers a variety of services, from dry cleaning and wash-and-fold laundry service to special services for wedding dresses, leather and household items.

Harvest Hall will have seven kitchens in total as well as a bar area. (Courtesy LDWW Group)
Grapevine dining hall to host 6 new restaurants and more DFW news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Educators in the Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth are contending with thousands of students returning to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Keller ISD)
Educators in Keller ISD, Northwest ISD contend with challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic

Students and teachers in Keller ISD and Northwest ISD have not been exempt from the impact of COVID-19.

The Berry Blast Crepes ($9.99) feature crepes topped with berries and whipped cream.  (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local restaurant Cafe Republic gives back to north Fort Worth community

The restaurant is adhering to all local and state regulations, such as requiring face masks, and it has reduced its operating hours to 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Frisco confirmed two more mosquito pools had tested positive for West Nile virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
West Nile virus found in Frisco and more popular DFW news from the week

Read popular Dallas-Fort Worth news from the past week.

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 27 issued an executive order extending the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Lawsuit takes aim at start date for early voting as some Texas Republicans challenge Gov. Greg Abbott's order

A group of prominent Texas Republicans has embarked on a legal effort to undo the governor's executive order that extended the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election.

The Grind Burger Bar Tap Room offers craft burgers and beer. (Courtesy The Grind Burger Bar Tap Room)
Grind Burger Bar to open in McKinney and more DFW news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Spirit Halloween, located near Hwy. 377 and North Tarrant Parkway, has a large selection of Halloween costumes and decorations for all ages. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Spirit Halloween now open in north Fort Worth

The seasonal chain store sells a variety of Halloween costumes and decorations.

A new development by Integrity Group LLC will bring a mixed-use building into the heart of Old Roanoke with retail, restaurants and covered parking. (Courtesy of Integrity Group LLC)
Roanoke City Council approves new developments, resolution to help local businesses

Members of Roanoke City Council approved two new site plans during their Sept. 22 meeting.