There are essentially two tax rates that are paid by Spring Branch ISD property owners that comprise the local share of district funds.
This bond election was called by the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees to address aging facilities across the district, including the replacement of the nine oldest remaining elementary schools and Landrum Middle school.
The bond package also would renovate and/or expand multiple secondary campuses, and provide funding for safety, security and technology upgrades. It would also provide funding to refresh Career and Technical Education classroom equipment, refresh performing arts musical instruments and uniforms, upgrade athletics including 4 turf fields, and replace older buses.
Every SBISD campus would be touched by this bond program.
A community-based Bond Advisory Committee, including parents, business and community representatives and district staff, analyzed the district’s needs. The committee reviewed the conditions of current facilities, enrollment growth projections, funding options, construction costs, tax impacts on homeowners, and a variety of possible scenarios.
The committee came to consensus on a plan and presented it to the Board of Trustees for its consideration. The board met weekly during the summer, beginning July 10, to consider and refine the bond package.
Your taxes will not increase as a result of this bond election. The school tax rate and the amount paid are frozen when a taxpayer turns 65, or is disabled. The rate is frozen as long as you live in the home and do not make major improvements that change its value. To request this exemption contact the Harris County Appraisal District at 713-957-7800.
Download your Over-65 Exemption form at: http://hcad.org/hcad-forms/hcad-all-forms/
Spring Branch ISD encourages all residents to become active voters. The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the Nov. 7, 2017, election was Oct. 10, 2017.
You are not required to bring your voter registration card to vote. Registered voters may vote with a valid Texas driver’s license or other approved photo identification.
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Voters authorized a $597.1 million bond package in 2007. The district rebuilt 13 elementary schools and upgraded every district facility with money from that program, but there is much more work to be done.
The projects for which those bonds were authorized have all been completed and an additional elementary school was rebuilt due to timing and costs of other projects. SBISD facilities have been maintained, repaired, renovated and remodeled over the years but many are rapidly approaching the end of their useful life. And the district has other capital needs – instruction, technology, transportation – that can’t be adequately addressed through the operating fund.
The Board of Trustees called the election following a year-long study of the district’s 6.1 million square feet of educational and support facilities, an analysis by a nearly 100-member community-based Bond Advisory Committee co-chaired by an SBISD parent and a parent of SBISD graduates, and an eight-week Board review. The process included development of a Long-Range Facilities Plan, which identified approximately $1.3 billion in facility improvement needs.
The Bond Advisory Committee’s recommendations were also informed by demographic, facilities capacity, educational specifications and debt capacity studies. In addition to facilities replacements and renovations, the bond includes replacing aged buses in the district’s fleet, and instructional and technology components.
Spring Branch voters overwhelmingly approved a $597.1 million bond program in November 2007. The bond issue originally called for 12 elementary schools to be rebuilt; the national recession in 2008-2009 and sound fiscal management of the bond program presented an opportunity for construction savings and allowed a 13th school to be rebuilt.
Bond proceeds were also used to upgrade campus air conditioning, heating, electrical and plumbing systems; provide required maintenance and basic necessary repairs at each campus; build additional classrooms where needed to accommodate enrollment growth; expand high school science labs to meet state mandates; upgrade athletic facilities; and upgrade safety and security, classroom technology, and transportation.
Early voting is Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Nov. 3, at Harris County early voting locations. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. You vote at your Harris County precinct on Election Day.
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There are no plans to change any school boundaries in Spring Branch ISD.
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