$16.95M bond election is on Kenedy ISD ballot
by Joe Baker
May 09, 2013 | 1747 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Existing High School site
Existing High School site
Preliminary plan for high school additions and renovations
Preliminary plan for high school additions and renovations
Kenedy voters will decide whether or not to approve issuing $16.95 million in bonds for demolition, renovation and construction of school facilities on the high school campus.

Information recently released by the school district shows plans to demolish the existing high school building and build a new two-story building in its place. Renovation of the gym, construction of a new gym, new locker and weight room, middle school classrooms, band hall, auditorium and library are among the many building projects listed in the plan.

The plans calls for the existing middle school building to be vacated but use the front administration area for school district administration and boardroom.

If the bond issue passes, the tax rate is expected to increase from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.33 per $100 valuation.

For a home valued at $100,000, taxes would increase by $229.50 per year if voters approve the bond issue.

According to information from the school district, 51 percent of the $16.95 million in building and renovation projects will be paid by oil and gas, 41 percent will be paid by other tax categories and 8 percent will be paid by homeowners.

Although higher than the current rate, the tax rate provided the bond election is approved by voters, at $1.33 will be lower than the 2005-2006 tax rate of $1.58.

Seniors over age 65 with frozen taxes will not pay a higher tax as a result of the bond election, unless improvements are made to the property.

In addition to building and renovation plans, the bond funding calls for construction of a new concession stand and restroom building at the football field. Plans call to secure the elementary school with a fence around the perimeter of the property. New classroom furniture for the elementary school and a new secure entrance for the elementary school are also listed as items among other capital improvements.
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