Katy ISD officials ‘disappointed’ over failed bond, no plan yet to return to ballot

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Katy ISD officials say they have no immediate plans to bring the proposed $99 million bond package voters downed at the ballot box Nov. 5 back before the public.

“There currently isn’t any set plan or timeline for bringing these projects back to the voters,” district spokesman Steve Stanford said. “When and if they do, it is too soon to say what a future bond package may look like.”

About 54 percent of the 16,559 total votes in Harris, Fort Bend, and Waller counties were opposed, while 46 percent favored the proposition, which would have provided a new stadium, agriculture center and STEM project center.

“We are obviously disappointed that the bond did not pass as we believe each of these facilities would have been a benefit to students,” Stanford said. “We also know that we still need a second stadium to address scheduling issues with seven varsity teams.”

Residents in two of the three counties voted it down. In Harris County voters rejected the proposal 55–45 percent. Fort Bend County residents opposed it 54–46 percent.

Results from Waller County showed a narrow margin of support for the proposal, with 51–49 percent supporting it. The difference in that county was five votes.

The most contentious of the proposed bond projects was the 14,000-seat, $69.5 million, second football stadium complex, meant to better accommodate the activities of the district’s seven high schools. The money would have also provided for the construction of a $25 million agriculture facility and a $4.5 million science, math and technology project center.

District officials maintained that they did not expect an increase in the tax rate, often citing the most recent bond, approved in 2010, which was expected to raise the tax rate but ultimately did not. That $459 million bond passed narrowly by a margin of about 3 percent.

Harris County voters opposed the 2010 measure, 51 to 49 percent. Fort Bend County voters, however, supported it 57 percent to 43 percent. Waller County rejected it 62 to 38 percent.

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