Bond Election

Harris County Voters to Decide $2.5 Billion Flood-Risk Bond Issue

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett speaks at an information meeting Wednesday - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Hurricane Harvey made its mark on Harris County and Southeast Texas last year. Later this month, county voters will decide on a $2.5 billion bond package focused on flood-risk reduction projects. Katy-area residents learned about the proposal at a public information meeting held at Memorial Parkway Junior High School, 21203 Highland Knolls. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said that the hurricane caused approximately 160,000 flooded homes, in addition to businesses and schools. […]

Dowdle Re-Elected to Katy City Council; Corte, Harris Elected

By George Slaughter Katy Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle was re-elected to his post Saturday, while challengers Chris Harris and Janet Corte won their respective races for council member at-large and Ward A council member, respectively. Dowdle was re-elected to his third and final term under term limits. Harris and Corte were making their first bids for public office. The trio will take their oaths of office later this month. Ward B Dowdle drew […]

City Voters to Consider Bond Propositions on Ballot

By George Slaughter Following the 2016 Tax Day Flood and Hurricane Harvey last year, officials at all levels of government have been working on flood preventative issues for the Katy and Southeast Texas areas. The proposed Cypress Creek reservoir, for instance, is being addressed at the federal level. But for the City of Katy, Mayor Chuck Brawner said it was important that local officials focus on what they can do locally. “It’s important for us […]

City Sets Bond Election for May

Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner presents an “Above and Beyond” citation to Buc-ee’s senior vice president Richard Sebastian for his company’s efforts serving first responders during Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief operations. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night set a bond election to raise $19.5 million for repair and prevention measures needed following Hurricane Harvey last year. Voters will be asked to review and approve three propositions. The first proposition, for $4.25 million, is for street work to elevate the 1st Street bridge and the Katy Hockley Road (Avenue D). The second proposition, for $10.25 million, is for drainage projects for the Fortuna and […]

City Bond Election in the Works as Engineering Firm Makes Recommendations for Pine Forest Subdivision Flood Protection

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter Voters in the City of Katy can expect a bond election next spring to pay for needed engineering work to mitigate flood danger. The bond will coincide with next May’s city election. Mayor Chuck Brawner said he was not sure of what the final figure would be, though he estimated it would be in the $10 million range. Of this figure, $3.3 million would be earmarked for the four recommendations given to […]

Katy ISD Voters Approve $609 Million Bond Package

Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District voters Tuesday approved a $609 million bond package that will be used for the construction of six new schools and upgrade and renovation of 61 others. In unofficial results tabulated at 9 p.m. Monday, 66% of the voters were in favor of the proposal. In a statement, Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt said that Katy was the second fastest growing school district in Texas. “Families continue to […]

KISD Holds State of District Breakfast to Celebrate Achievements and Promote Bond Election

Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt spoke in favor of a school bond proposal before voters and praised recent faculty and student achievements at a “State of the District 2017” breakfast event Wednesday morning. The achievements included how district faculty, staff, and students dealt with Hurricane Harvey. The area received 52 inches of rain in four days, he said, and 15,000 students were impacted. Creech Elementary School, 5905 S. Mason […]

Katy School District Bond Election Takes Center Stage as Early Voting Begins Next Week

Lee Crews, chief operations officer for the Katy Independent School District (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Supporters and opponents of a Katy school bond package are reaching out to their allies as the issue goes before voters next week. The bond is worth $609 million. Of this, approximately $449 million, or 74%, is for six new schools—one high school, two junior high schools, and three elementary schools. Other items covered, with approximate costs, include: Component Replacements $52 million (9%). Comprehensive Renovation: $21 million (3%). Safety & Security Improvements: […]