City of Friendswood, Friendswood ISD elections postponed

Election for the city of Friendswood and Friendswood ISD have been postponed. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)
Election for the city of Friendswood and Friendswood ISD have been postponed. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

Election for the city of Friendswood and Friendswood ISD have been postponed. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated at 12:34 p.m. March 27

At the board of trustees special meeting on March 23, the board voted to postpone the district bond election to November.
Superintendent Thad Roher said at the meeting that a bond election, once approved, can not be canceled but can be postponed.


"The other option would be to hold our own local election but that would be a huge task, especially in the situation we are in now," Roher said.

Published at 5:09 p.m. March 19

The city of Friendswood sent out a press release March 19 that elections within the city will be postponed.

"The governor of Texas gave municipalities the option of delaying their election due to the COVID-19 virus. The Galveston County Election Division conducts city of Friendswood elections and they have decided to postpone the election,” said Jeff Newpher, communication specialist for the city.

This includes the election reauthorizing the additional 3/8 of a cent sales tax for street repairs within the city. The tax, which was approved in May 2016 and adds 0.375% to the sales tax, will run out on Dec. 31 if it is not reapproved by voters, according to past Community Impact Newspaper reporting.


This also includes the Friendswood ISD bond election. The total bond request is for $128 million, which would be allocated towards campus renovations, the construction of a new facility for Cline Elementary School, district-wide safety and security improvements, district-wide maintenance projects, land purchases and technology improvements.

Haley Morrison - Morgan Slutzky