UPDATE: Killeen ISD Board votes to call bond election to be held this May

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KILLEEN, Texas – The Killeen ISD Board voted Tuesday evening to call an election for a $265 million bond to eliminate instructional portables for safety and security, accommodate for future growth and campus equity, as well as high school extracurricular growth.

The projects below were recommended by the Bond Steering Committee, and will go before voters on May 2, 2020.

PROPOSITION A: $209,000,000

The construction of two new elementary schools (#37 and #38) allows the district to alleviate instructional portable classroom utilization and provide additional room for future growth.

Both the Harker Heights and Peebles Elementary campuses are nearly 60 years old, undersized and past their useful life cycle. Replacing them with new, larger campuses provides safe, equitable learning environments with space for current and future students.

Renovations to Ellison High School will improve equity in comparison to the district’s newest high schools, as well as, extend the life of the facility.

  • New Elementary School #37: $42,000,000
  • New Elementary School #38: $42,000,000
  • New Harker Heights Elementary School: $45,000,000
  • New Peebles Elementary School: $45,000,000
  • Ellison High School Renovation: $35,000,000

PROPOSITION B: $56,000,000

Proposition B will provide improvements to the athletic stadiums at Ellison, Harker Heights, and Shoemaker High Schools to allow for home competition. Providing these schools with their own competition stadium will increase access and utilization for all student programs (including football, soccer, track and field, cheer, dance, band, etc.), keep students in class longer, give them more time to prepare for games, and reduce the districts’ transportation costs.

  • Stadium improvements at Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker High School: $56,000,000

TOTAL MAY 2020 BOND: $265,000,000

Officials discussed the estimated maximum tax impact of a $265 million bond on homeowners.

Due to recent state legislation, property value growth and favorable market conditions, KISD’s current tax rate is 10 cents lower than it was in 2018, reduced to $1.1611 from $1.26.

The needed tax increase to support the 2020 bond would be about 9.13 cents, which would give Killeen ISD an overall total tax rate of $1.2524, lower than what voters approved in 2018. The owners of a home valued at $129,000 would pay an increase of approximately $9.81 per month. Tax rates are frozen for homeowners 65 years of age and older, so they would pay no increase in the tax rate.

Below is the original text from this story:

The Killeen Independent School District is meeting Tuesday night to consider and possibly take action on a $265 million bond.

The Bond Steering Committee’s final recommendation addresses future growth, safety and security concerns, and the improvement of existing high school stadiums.

The bond would be separated into two propositions – Proposition A would build new elementary schools and allow for renovations to Ellison High School. Proposition B would renovate and expand the high school stadiums.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Source: Killeen Independent School District

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