Legal and Ballot Language
Can non-citizens vote on a Katy ISD bond?
No. Only registered voters residing in the District are allowed to vote in a bond election.
Can bond elections be held during general elections?
Bond elections can be held on the second Saturday in May or the first Tuesday in November.
Can different types of purchases be itemized on the ballot?
Legally, yes. However, districts seldom, if ever, itemize the projects on the ballot because to do so potentially promotes polarization within communities.
How many bond referendums are allowed on the same ballot?
There is no numerical limit to the number of propositions that can be placed on the ballot. The Board of Trustees makes that final determination based on input they may receive from the community or bond committee.
How much discretion does the Board of Trustees have with bond funds beyond what it was allocated for?
The District estimates the cost of each project named in the proposition. If for any reason a project named in the proposition comes in under budget, the District will work with Bond counsel (attorneys) to ensure that the funds are used in a manner that is consistent with the Bond proposition.
Regarding election guidelines, what can Bond Committee members do to make clear they are acting as individuals, not on behalf of the Committee?
The Committee members’ work is not advocacy -- it is fact-finding and input sharing. During their meetings, in any publications they produce, or any other activities they take on as a Committee or in their respective roles as Committee members, they should not advocate for or against a proposition. However, on their own time separate and apart from the Committee, they are free to express opinions as long as they do not represent themselves as speaking on behalf of the District or the Bond Committee.