Bond 2017: Early Voting Begins
Early voting for the May 6 Comal ISD bond package and board of trustee election begins April 24 and runs through May 1.
Polls are set up at Bulverde City Hall, Comal County Elections Office and Garden Ridge City Hall. For more information about when and where to vote for the May 6 election, click here.
On Tuesday, April 25, Comal Council of PTAs hosts a candidate forum and bond presentation by Comal ISD Board President Steve Smith from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Mountain Valley Middle School cafeteria, 1165 Sattler Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78132.
Candidates for Canyon Lake Single Member District 3, incumbent Laurie Schley and Jason York, will attend. To see boundaries for District 3, click here.
League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWV-CA) also plans a public forum on the bond package and board of trustee election from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 South Access Rd., Canyon Lake.
Schley and York will square off during the first part of the debate.
During the second half of the LWV-CA forum, Comal ISD Board of Trustees President Stephen Smith will argue for the $263.5 million bond. Jerry Lovell, who has served on several district bond panels, will argue against approval of the measure.
Schley argued against the bond package at Comal ISD board of trustees meeting in February.
“Financially, we cannot afford it,” she said, adding the board should wait another six months before deciding whether to hold a bond election.
Deane says turnout for local elections is usually low.
“Choosing who is on our local school boards is making an impact on the future of our community,” says LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane. “Please inform yourself, then vote.”
According to Comal ISD website, the 2017 bond election is needs-based and minimizes impact on taxpayers. It would add two new high schools to the rapidly growing district without adding to voters’ tax burden.
The combination of new development and increased valuation on existing properties is expected to generate sufficient tax revenue to retire the debt incurred by the bond election.
Projects would include:
- $109 million for high school #4 (south I-35) and $141 million for high school #5 (Borgfield Road)
- $3.5 million for elementary standard design and school-of-choice standard design
- $3 million in HVAC upgrades to Goodwin Frazier and Specht elementaries, Mountain Valley Middle School and Smithson Valley High School
- $3 million for 30 new buses
- $4 million for land for middle and elementary schools along Highway 281, and high school and elementary schools along I-35 corridor
Passage of this current plan is likely to be followed by a third bond-plan installment that would finance two additional schools.
To see Comal ISD’s interactive guide to the bond election, click here.