Legal and Ballot Language
- Why are there multiple propositions in schools bonds?
Texas legislation requires school districts to have separate propositions for bonds that will fund construction or improvements for athletic facilities with 1,000 or more seats, natatoriums, performing arts facilities, recreational facilities, teacher housing, or technology improvements.
- I have been told that the ballot for the Katy ISD bond will indicate a tax increase, is this accurate?
There would be no increase to the Katy ISD school tax rate for a 2021 Bond. Should the Community Bond Advisory Committee recommend moving forward with a 2021 Bond, it would be considered a ZERO tax rate increase bond. However, a provision added in the state’s school finance bill now requires any ballot proposition in bond elections to include the language “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE,” regardless of whether districts are asking to change their tax rates.
- 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.
- 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.