The Texas City ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called for a $158.6 million school bond election to be held on November 8, 2022. This figure includes two new replacement schools, a new Ag barn, a STEM/Robotics Center and new La Marque stadium, district-wide initiatives in safety and security, plus renovations for Texas City High School athletics, fine arts and career tech programs. This action came after a recommendation from the community Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC), which was made up of more than 50 Texas City-La Marque community members. This committee spent more than 3 months studying current facilities, educational programs, student population and the district's long-range facilities plan.
The FAC recommended replacing the following buildings: La Marque High School at a cost of $79.9 million, Calvin Vincent Early Childhood Learning Center at a cost of $37 million and a new Ag Barn at a cost of $7 million. In addition, the FAC recommended district-wide initiatives: safety and security at a cost of $1.3 million and STEM/Robotics Center at a cost of $1.3 million. Other recommendations include: new La Marque High School stadium at a cost of $21.7 million, Texas City High School stadium renovations at a cost of $5.7 million, Texas City High School fine arts improvements at a cost of $2.2 million and Texas City High School career tech labs at a cost of $2 million.
"We started this process by asking our educators what we want educational programming to look like for our students," said Superintendent Dr. Melissa Duarte. "Then we had to make sure we had facilities that support the academic goals for our students. We are so grateful to the men and women who have been dedicating months to this process for the betterment of our students, our teachers, our schools and our community overall."
Should voters approve the bond referendum, taxpayers should not see an additional tax rate increase. “We are in a unique situation because the maintenance and operations tax rate is decreasing, offsetting a recent increase in the debt service tax rate,” said Margaret Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations.
Informational community meetings will be held to communicate facts about the projects. If you would like to schedule a speaker to present factual information to your group, please call Melissa Tortorici at 409-916-0114.
The District maintains a very strong “AA” rating from S&P Global Ratings and it is anticipated that any bonds issued will be guaranteed by the Texas Education Agency’s Permanent School Fund Guarantee, which maintains a “AAA” rating (the highest rating possible), resulting in favorable interest rates on the District's bonds.
- What is a school district bond election?
- I have been told that the tax rate to support the bond issue is different from the tax rate that supports daily operations of the school district. Please explain this.
- Can the bond proceeds be spent on personnel or other district operational costs?
- I understand that if the bond issue is passed that school taxes will not increase. How can that be?
- You say taxes won't be raised but why does the ballot say that there will be an increase?
- If the bond issue passes, will the tax rate for our senior citizens be increased?
- Are homesteads taxed by the total appraised value of the home? I have been told that taxpayers in Texas City ISD receive the benefit of a local homestead exemption in addition to the state exemption. Is that true?
- Are all school districts required to give a local district Homestead Exemption?
- I read that the tax rate that supports bond debt in school districts may be lowered as the overall value of a school district increases. How does that work?
- What will be the fiscal impact to the homeowner in Texas City ISD if the bond issue passes? What is the value of a median priced home in Texas City ISD?
- Will all the bond projects be financed for 30 years?
- I have heard that if the bond issue is passed, there are advantages for the school district and community in that bond repayment is not subject to the "recapture money" that we have to send back to the state each year. Is this correct?
- What is being proposed in the Nov. 8 Texas City ISD School Bond Election?
- How will Texas City ISD ensure funds are spent on the projects proposed?
- Did the school district seek community input before identifying the bond projects being requested?
- Were other facility projects considered by the citizens Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) in addition to the projects that were recommended? If so, why aren’t those projects included in the bond issue?
- When did the citizens FAC make its’ recommendations to Texas City ISD?
- What was the result of each proposed project on the Community Survey?
- When will the Texas City ISD bond election be held? Who can vote in a school bond election?
- I am not registered to vote. Is it too late to register if I want to vote in the Nov. 8 Bond Election?
- What if I want to vote with a mail ballot, how do I obtain one?
- Where do I go to vote and what form of identification will be accepted?
- If the voters pass the bond propositions when will the bonds be issued?
- Will voters have an opportunity to receive information and to ask questions about the bond issue before the election?
- If I have questions concerning the bond issue, who should I contact?
- Why does La Marque need their own stadium when other school districts share facilities?