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Katy ISD bond KHOU

KATY, Texas – Katy ISD board of trustees unanimously voted on Monday night to place a $748 million bond referendum on the November ballot.

The package includes plans to build six new schools and a new stadium.

The proposed $58 million stadium is downsized from one included in a $99 million package that voters shot down in 2013.

Critics feel that they should be given the choice to vote down the stadium portion of this new bond.

"There's a lot of people in this community feel they've put this stadium in there, sweeping it under the rug with the needs and the wants of the district," said Katy resident Cyndi Lawrence.

The Katy Independent School District estimates that it grows by approximately 3,000 students every year.

A 227 member bond committee spent four months hashing out every detail of this new bond.

"We bled, and we debated every single item," said bond committee member Elizabeth Johnson. "We're very proud of this package. It's very representative of the community. Our goal is to touch every child in the district."

Bond committee members said they decided it was important to place new schools and a new stadium into one decision for voters.

The bond package also includes six comprehensive renovations, improvements to the existing 50 schools and a new transportation center.

"We need to keep them all together. There is motivation that drives an athlete and it ties in with how good of an academic career they can have," said bond committee member Janet Thomason.

According to bond committee members, the bond would require a half cent tax rate increase. That shakes out to about $10 for a home worth $200,000.

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