Comfort ISD patrons approved the largest bond in district history this week – and by a wide margin.
On Tuesday, voters approved CISD’s $37.7 million bond with about 59 percent of voters in favor. The bond is intended to improve student safety, dropoff and pickup efficiency, help update classrooms and technology and provide for a new gymnasium at Comfort High School.
With all voting centers reporting, unofficial results from the Kendall County Elections Office showed 1,169 votes cast with 691 in favor. The number of votes against was 478.
The ballot question read: “The issuance of $37,700,000 of bonds by the Comfort Independent School District for school facilities and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.”
CISD Superintendent Tanya Monroe said she was thankful the bond passed, and while the community seemed to be generally supportive prior to the election, the district remained hopeful without being overly confident.
“We thought there was support because so much of it was concerned with safety,” Monroe said. “We were hopeful.”
The bond will increase the tax rate by 14.3 cents per $100 of appraised value, district information states. Owners of an average $250,000 home won’t see an increase in 2019 or 2020, but over the following five years they will incur a tax increase of $322 annually, or $26.81 per month, Monroe said. Residents age 65 and over won’t experience an increase.
Monroe said the bonds will be ready by the end of February, and in the meantime the district will work on securing design services. She said safety features like secure entry ways will take priority, and the entire project is slated to be completed within three years of approval.
However, projects of this magnitude often run into snags, so Monroe said, “We’ll do our best.”
She said the district has been looking at these projects for years, and if the bond hadn’t passed in full, it planned to attempt to adopt it in pieces. However, with the full bond approved, she said the district will be caught up in a more streamlined timeframe.
“The commitment and dedication of the facility planning committee needs to be commended,” Monroe said. “They were devoted and worked with our community and school board.”
Monroe said the bond approval was a win for the entire community.
“Now it’s time to get to work and deliver,” she said.