Katy ISD calls for bond election to fund new football stadium

Katy ISD voters will get to decide in November whether the school district should be a new 14,000 football stadium, an agricultural complex as well as a science and technology center.

August 20, 2013 3:40:27 AM PDT
The Katy ISD board of trustees is taking one step forward to building a second football stadium.

The school board decided to ask voters to approve a bond to fund a new football stadium for its seven high school programs. That election is now set for November 5.

The new 14,000-seat stadium would be located next to the district's other football stadium, Rhodes Stadium, and both could be used for large-scale events.

The stadium would cost an estimated $68 million, but the bond package would also include an agricultural complex as well as a science and technology center, bringing the total cost of the project to $99 million.

The big selling point is that officials say that tax rates for property owners should not go up.

"We're very fortunate in that the success of our school district brings in businesses that are looking for a good place for their employees to work. So as new businesses come in, that adds to the tax rolls," bond committee chairman Tommy Harrison said.

A bond committee recommending asking for an election. One argument, they say, is that seven high schools are currently sharing the stadium so scheduling gets tricky. Of course, football is very big and successful in the district.

If voters approve the bond, construction would begin in the spring and completed by the fall of 2015.

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