Katy taxpayers to decide on controversial $99 million bond proposal

If passed, the plan would fund a second football stadium, an agricultural complex and multiple educational centers

Author: Mary Benton, Reporter, mbenton@kprc.com
Published On: Oct 22 2013 06:51:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 06:54:19 PM CDT
KATY, Texas -

As early voting gets under way, parents and taxpayers in the Katy ISD are trying to decide if they support a controversial bond proposal.

If passed, the $99 million plan would fund a second football stadium, a science, technology, engineering and math center, along with an agricultural complex.

The new 14,000 seat stadium would be built next to Rhodes Memorial Stadium and would host football games, marching band competitions, soccer matches and other big events. 

"The second football stadium is to handle the problem of scheduling," said John Eberlan, who worked on the bond committee. "We've got only a certain number of schools that can fit in one stadium.

The bond proposal has many critics who are lining up to vote against it.

Some opponents have lined the outside of early voting locations with signs that compare the plan to President Barack Obama and the tax and spend policies in D.C.

"I just believe it's way too much money to spend on a football stadium," said Jim Cusack. "It looks like they wanted to be sure they got the football stadium approved so they put them together and it should have been two separate items."

Others say more money should be spent in the classroom instead of on a new venue to host athletic events.

"I think it's too large and we don't need any more stadiums," said Cindy St. Aman. "It's ridiculous. We need money for schools and teachers, but the stadium isn't worth it."

However, Eberlan says the proposal is a responsible investment in students.

"The tax rate within the district has remained flat for seven years. This bond package will not affect their tax rate," said Eberlan.