UPDATE: Cy-Fair ISD’s $1.76 billion bond referendum passes in May election


Updated 9:45 p.m. on May 4

With nearly 14,000 votes counted Saturday night in the Cy-Fair ISD bond referendum election, district officials believe the $1.76 billion bond referendum has passed.

Unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office show 70.4% of voters cast ballots to approve the bond, while 29.6% voted against the plan.

“Cypress-Fairbanks community members continue to be vocal in supporting public education for their children and today, they spoke at the polls,” Superintendent Mark Henry said in a statement Saturday night. “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the long-range planning committee that spent dozens of hours planning for the district’s future; and district staff and community members who led and facilitated public bond presentations. Our community’s commitment to a quality public education was evident with the approval of this bond, which will impact all CFISD students for years to come.”

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted at 7:10 p.m. on May 4

With early voting results in, the Harris County Clerk’s Office is reporting 73.5% of early voters have approved Cy-Fair ISD’s proposed $1.76 billion bond referendum, and 26.5% have voted against the plan. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

The district’s largest bond package to date includes several new projects to meet district needs through 2025, when the Population and Survey Analysts demographics firm projects student enrollment to reach 120,000, according to a 2018 report.

Major new construction projects that would be funded by the bond include Elementary School No. 59, Middle School No. 20, a districtwide performing arts center and a new Instructional Support Center. Here is how the total bond package breaks down:

Facility renovations and additions: $969 million
Instructional and support facilities: $258.2 million
Technology: $239 million
Safety and security: $207.7 million
Transportation: $88.2 million

CFISD officials are projecting a successful bond election would result in an incremental tax rate increase over time.

Chief Financial Officer Stuart Snow previously said he is conservatively anticipating the debt service tax rate to remain at $0.40 per valuation until 2021, when it would begin to rise $0.006 each year until it reaches a total increase of $0.03 in 2025. This would ultimately amount to about a $52.50 increase on a home appraised at $250,000, assuming the homeowner files for homestead exemptions. Homeowners over the age of 65 who have additional exemptions would not be affected by the increase.

The 2014 bond referendum called for a similar increase, but the district ended up not needing to raise taxes. The debt service tax rate was projected to be $0.045 per $100 valuation by 2018, but the board ended up lowering the rate by $0.01 in 2014, and it has remained constant since.

For more information about how the proposed bond would affect Cy-Fair residents, visit www.cfisd.net/bond.

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  1. Stephen Howard

    I did not vote simply because I knew the Bond would pass. My wife is a teacher and sees how the Money is spent, at least from her perspective. While I don’t disagree with everything in the Bond issue, as Cy-fair ISD continues to grow, I do have issues with the Technology part and the overall tax cost in the coming years. The $52.50 increase on a $250,000 home is misleading and if the economy has a 2008 issue, which will come to and sooner or later, then what raise taxes again? I just received my HCAD Taxes rage for 2019, it went up the Max of 10%, and looking at all my neighbors on my Street, they all went up about the same. While this is more of state problem, the school taxes will, as most if not ALL people cannot afford a Tax increase of 10% per year until 2025, no matter how much my house is worth. To get back to the issue of the Technology being done, $239 Million, seriously, the kids already are on their phones way to much and from a security standpoint, which I know well, as I have worked in IT for 40 years, You need a STAFF of HIGHLY SKILLED professionals, You think the School District is going to pay Security Techs, and any Developers six figures, yeah maybe a few but not many, While Technology can be a good thing, in a School District setting, the management of this is IMPOSSIBLE at best. The School Board is just a rubber stamp and management is a joke. My 2 cents Right or Wrong!

  2. The people that voted in favor of this tax increase are the same people protesting their assessments. Why do you appeal? This is your opportunity to give more to the schools, seems hypocritical.

  3. Robert Plante

    December 2004-$713 million
    November 2007-$807 million
    May 2014-$1.2 billion
    Their own audit sited their outstanding obligation in June of 2017 @ $2,419,435,000 @1.-6.63 % which will mature in 2044.
    What’s it going to look like now, with 1.76 billion thrown on top. LOL what a joke, these are the officials who build football fields while portable buildings are placed behind new schools on grand opening day. The grandchildren of next years new 5-6 year old students will be paying off this debt.

    I voted no and pity those poor kids who are not born yet who will be paying this debt, please get informed before going to the polls.

  4. tropicalwhisper

    I’ve seen my property taxes increase 60% since I moved here. For those voters in favor of raising taxes, wait until you retire and you see how much each month goes to taxes. There is no way for your home to appreciate that much to offset these taxes overtime. These tax increases are to ensure that teachers, administrators have a job and to have the money to increase wage compensation. Of the 73.5% that approved, most I’m sure are teachers and CF-ISD related employees. What a joke!

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Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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