Update: A bond election will be held on May 5 after the Killeen ISD school board voted Tuesday night.
The Killeen ISD School Board was expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to hold a May 5 election, where voters would get to decide if the district should spend $426 million on two separate propositions to improve schools.
If the district votes to schedule an election on the two propositions, it would be Killeen's first school construction bond election in 16 years -- a period during which, for context, the district has added nearly 14,000 students.
The board will hold a public session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district administrative building, which is located at 200 N. WS Young Dr. in Killeen.
During that meeting, the district said Superintendent John Craft would recommend the bond be put on the ballot as those two distinct propositions. Proposition A would be a $235 million plan to build a new high school, a new elementary school and improve school safety, as well as to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Proposition B would be a $191 million plan for new schools and renovations at the 11 Killeen ISD campuses that are more than 50 years old.
Next year's enrollment at Killeen ISD was expected to be nearly 45,000 students, making it the 26th largest school district in Texas. Three of the district's four traditional high schools have already exceeded their capacity, forcing KISD to have 290 classrooms in trailers because the permanent buildings cannot handle that many students. The passage of a bond would change that.
If the board votes to hold the bond election and voters then pass it in May, the property taxes for the average home in Killeen valued at $143,236 would increase by $14.82 a month, according to the district.
"With the tax increase, Killeen ISD’s tax rate would still be far lower than that of almost every other school district in the central Texas area and lower than that of similar sized school districts around the state," Killeen ISD Spokesperson Terry Abbott wrote in an email.
Property owners age 65 and older would see no tax rate increase because their rates are frozen at current levels.
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