Frequently Asked Questions
General Bond & Project Questions:
What is a bond election?
Texas public schools rely on the support of local taxpayers to fund the construction and improvement of school facilities. Similar to homeowners borrowing money in the form of a mortgage, a school district borrows to finance the design, construction, expansion, and renovations of schools and facilities as well as to pay the costs of property acquisition, school buses, and capital items such as equipment
Why is Canyon ISD calling a bond election?
A Bond is an avenue for our District to address expected growth within the District boundaries. With construction in 17 residential subdivisions underway contributing to growth, Canyon ISD’s enrollment is growing at a rate of 2-2.5% rate each year. This means CISD grows at 200 to 250 students each year. Over the past seven years, Canyon ISD grew by 1,200 students, and over the next seven years, the district is projected to add another 2,000 students. The proposed new campuses, expansions, and renovations are designed to address the conditions of current facilities and accommodate anticipated growth.
How did Canyon ISD determine the bond projects?
The plan was developed by the Long Range Citizens Planning Committee consisting of over 60 parents and community members across the District. From August 2017 - January 2018, this committee reviewed financial matters, current and projected enrollments, and toured facilities, and solicited input to develop a long range facility plan. The Committee presented its recommendations and priorities for proposed projects to the Board of Trustees in January 2018. From January to August, the Board of Trustees reviewed the recommendations to evaluate options for financing the recommended improvements.
How long with this plan accommodate the growth in the district?
Our Citizen Committee addressed the components of the long-range facility plan for Canyon ISD. This phase of the plan will sustain the district for a minimum of 10 years with current growth rates. The initial phase of the long range plan was implemented with the opening of Pinnacle Immediate School (August 2018) from the May 2015 bond that was approved by voters.
What is in the bond package?
- Two New Elementary Campuses (#9 and #10)
- New High School (#3 High School)
Renovation and Expansion
- Expand and renovate Randall West Campus
- Renovate Randall East Campus back to a Junior High (#3 Junior High)
- Renovate Existing Facilities
- Sundown Lane Elementary
- Canyon Intermediate
- Canyon Junior High
- Midway Career and Technical Education Center
- CHS Baseball and Softball (locker rooms, concession and restrooms)
- CISD Manufacturing Academy Expansion
- Add website connectivity between our campuses
- Add Activity Buses
- Renovate Kimbrough Stadium (accessibility, restrooms, concession
- stand and fieldhouse)
How soon could CISD start construction after a bond election passes?
The bonds may be sold anywhere from 45-60 days after the bond election. Once a bond issue passes, design work begins on the projects. For example, design work on a high school generally takes 10-12 months. The district will begin the construction process efficiently to decrease the impact of cost increases, which are estimated to be between 5% and 10% each year.
Questions about Funding:
What is the financial impact of the proposed bond package?
The financial impact of the total 2018 bond proposal is estimated to be a maximum $0.1284 for a total combined rate of $1.3934. After applying the $25,000 homestead exemption, the financial impact per $100,000 valuation is $10.70 per month.
What if I am over 65?
The State Property Tax Code allows for school property taxes on an individual homestead to be “frozen” at the age of 65. If you are 65 years of age or older and you have filed for the “Over 65 Homestead Exemption”, there is a ceiling on the amount of school taxes to be paid. The only exception occurs when improvements are made to a home. As such, a tax increase from a new bond program cannot increase the applicable tax ceiling of a taxpayer that has qualified for the “Over 65 Homestead Exemption.”
How can bond money be used?
Bond money may be used for new schools and facilities, expansion and renovations of existing facilities, furniture, technology, equipment, school buses and new school sites.
What can bond money NOT be used for?
Bond money can only be used for capital improvements and related costs. Bond money CANNOT be used for employee salaries, routine maintenance, utilities, and other operating expenses.
What is the role of the school district during a bond election?
By law, the role for any school district during a bond election is to share factual information with the voters so the community may make an informed decision to support or oppose a bond proposition. The District should also be responsive to citizens’ questions related to the bond issue and to ensure voters know when and where they have an opportunity to vote.
Questions about Voting:
Who is Eligible to vote in this election?
Any registered voter who resides within the school district boundaries.
Can I still register to vote in the election?
The deadline for voter registration is October 9th. If you are not registered to vote by this deadline, then you are not eligible to vote in this election. The Texas Voter Registration Application can be found online at Randall County Elections page. https://randallcounty.com/elections/general/register_to_vote.html
Where can I vote?
- Early voting is October 22nd through November 2nd, you may vote at any polling location in Randall County. https://randallcounty.com/elections/general/Early_Voting_Schedule.pdf
- On Election Day November 6th, you must vote at the site designated countywide vote centers, which can be on the Randall County Elections page. https://randallcounty.com/elections/general/Vote_center.pdf