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The recommendations to call a bond came from the Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) comprised of more than 30 community members, employees, and parents. The FPC meet once a month from January 2017 until June 2018. They recommended a majority of what is in the bond package. The priorities identified by the committee included: addressing growth at the NBMS; demolish the NBHS Ninth Grade Center building and construct a new elementary school at that site to address older elementary schools (Carl Schurz, Seele & Lamar Elementary Schools); keep use of portable buildings as temporary solution; and expand of support facilities.
Yes. The NBISD Facility Planning Committee was comprised of more than 30 community members, employees and parents. The committee members self-nominated themselves to serve on the volunteer committee and met at least once a month from January 2017 until June 2018.
Yes. The majority of the information about the bond can be found on this website www.nbisdbond.com. NBISD will also host three community forums to allow the taxpayers to hear about the proposed bond projects and ask questions. The Bond Information Meetings for parents and the community will be held at the following times and locations:
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Oak Run Middle School Cafeteria
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 6 p.m.
New Braunfels Middle School Cafeteria
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Voss Farms Elementary School
The needs will not go away. They will continue and increase in costs (inflation), and the District anticipates it would have to call for another bond election in the future. Note: current interest rates (the cost of borrowing money) have remained at all-time historical lows, providing an optimal time to sell school bonds. It is expected to cost more in the future to finance the capital improvements needed. Also, portable buildings would have to be utilized to due to increased enrollment. Portable buildings are not funded with bonds and would have a significant impact on the maintenance and operations budget, potentially causing a need to eliminate some programs.
The target set by the 2010 Facilities Committee was an enrollment for 9th-12th grade of 3,000 students. This target was set to ensure that the current programs at New Braunfels High School will be able to be offered at both high schools. Campus funding is based on student enrollment and splitting too soon could cause the district to have to cut programs. The transition to a second high school could happen as early as 2021 if enrollment increases dictate. The transition would happen over a three year period with the first year being 9-10, second year 9-11, and third year 9-12. This is the transition schedule followed by most districts so that students do not have to change high schools during their four years.
To calculate your personal tax impact from the bond package, divide the taxable value of your property (less homestead exemptions) by 100. Then, multiply that number by $.01 for the annual impact of the total bond proposal. The tax rate is not projected to increase by more than $.04 in the fourth year.
Example of Calculation:
Home Value is $230,000 - $10,000 NBISD hometead exemption = $220,000 taxable value
$220,000 ÷ 100 = 2200
2200 x $.01 (projected annual increase) = $22.00 annual increase
Maximum projected increase in 4th years is $.04
Example of Calculation:
2200 x $.04 (projected annual increase) = $88.00 annual increase
Yes. In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person.
Acceptable forms of photo ID:
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