Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bond?
Similar to a mortgage to finance the purchase of a home, a school district borrows money to finance construction, renovation and other capital projects. This is done in the form of bonds. Bonds, like a mortgage, are repaid over time. A school district must go to the voters for approval in a bond election in order to sell bonds.
How can bond funds be used?
Bond funds can pay for new buildings, additions and renovations to existing facilities, land acquisition, technology infrastructure and equipment for new or existing buildings.
Can bond funds pay for salaries to increase teacher pay?
Bonds cannot be used for salaries or operating costs such as utility bills, supplies, building maintenance, fuel and insurance.
Is an election required?
School districts are required by law to ask voters for permission to sell bonds. These bonds are sold to investors to pay for projects like building a new school or making renovations to existing facilities. This is called a capital expenditure. Similar to a mortgage loan, the district takes out a loan and then is required to pay that loan back over time.
Why is there more than one proposition?
In 2019, the state passed new legislation that requires certain projects like building construction, technology upgrades and athletic facilities to be separated into different propositions on the ballot. Sheldon ISD is required to separate these projects on the ballot in the form of propositions. Propositions are voted on individually.
Where can I find information about the propositions?
Click here for a full explanation of Proposition A, B and C on the bond election ballot for 2022.
Is this the same election that was called in 2020?
It is very similar to the election that was called in 2020. The district conducted a survey in December 2021 for taxpayers to complete to provide a voice and chance for feedback to learn the priorities of the community. Additionally, the district studies demographic trends to learn more about the increase of enrollment planned in Sheldon ISD. The district increases enrollment by 300-500 students annually. In order to meet the needs of its growing population, new facilities will need to be built, technology and safety upgrades will need to be made and facilities to assist in the community to maintain current property values will need to be constructed.
When was the last bond election in Sheldon ISD?
What happens if the bond does not pass?
If this bond election does not pass, the district will not be able to open new facilities to support the district’s continued student enrollment growth. It is anticipated the projects from the 2022 bond election will span over a period of 5-6 years to assist with the growth in Sheldon ISD. If the election does not pass, overcrowding in facilities could continue and the district will need to take other measures such as finding portable facilities to house students outside of the building.
Questions about Tax Impact
Will the bond increase my taxes?
The maximum number taxes could increase is $0.04. This means on a home valued at $150,000, the monthly tax impact could be $4.17.
What is Sheldon ISD’s current tax rate?
The current tax rate is $1.455. A school district's tax rate is made up of two components: Maintenance and Operation (M&O or the General Operating Fund) and Interest and Sinking (I&S or the Debt Service Fund). Adding the two figures together provide the total school tax rate.
The M&O rate is used to fund day-to-day operations like maintenance of schools and facilities, salaries, and utilities.
The I&S rate can only be used to make payments on district bonds that fund construction and/or other items like technology and buses.
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What if I'm 65 years old or older and receive the "senior citizen exemption" and my home values go up?
For residents 65-years and older, their school district tax bill will not increase, even if their property values increase (excluding property improvements) as long as an approved Homestead and Over-65 Exemption application is on file with the Harris/Montgomery County Appraisal District, and the property has been owned as of Jan. 1 of the tax year.
Questions about Voting in the Election
Who can vote in this election?
All registered voters living within the Sheldon ISD boundaries are eligible to vote.
How can I register to vote?
Click here for information about voting registration applications and deadlines. The last day to register to vote in the May 2022 election is April 7, 2022.
How do I know if I am registered?
To see if you are registered, click here.
Where can I vote?
Polling locations will be determined and announced soon. These will be posted on the Sheldon ISD Bond 2022 website.
Questions about Propositions
Why a new ninth and tenth grade center?
Sheldon ISD has closely monitored student enrollment over the years. A ninth and tenth grade center was a part of the canceled 2020 bond election; however, Sheldon continued to monitor enrollment growth. Student enrollment growth continued even more than expected despite a pandemic. With approximately 900 students projected to enter 9th grade for the 2022-23 school year, opening a center for ninth graders helps by alleviating overcrowding at King High School as well as easing the transition from middle to high school.
The ninth grade center would open in August 2022 at the Sheldon Education and Community Center, a current existing facility that is planned to be used for adult education courses, a health clinic with Harris County Public Health and other educational training rooms. The long-term goal is to move the center to a ninth and tenth grade center on the same property as King High School to allow for easier transitions to the (what would be called) Senior High. This will require a new building and the passing of the 2022 bond to open a new building for the ninth and tenth grade center on the same property as the current King High School.
Click here for information about the ninth grade center.
Why does the district need a natatorium?
The natatorium is planned with the community in mind. Not only would the eight-lane competition pool provide an opportunity for a competitive swim team for students in Sheldon ISD, but the swimming pool could be used for the community in multiple ways. Sheldon ISD strives to provide an equitable education for all students. The swimming pool could assist in water education and teaching Sheldon ISD students how to swim as well as offered to the community for adult education courses.
What is the purpose of an event center?
There is nothing quite like a facility of this kind in the northeast Houston area. This would serve as a multipurpose facility in Sheldon ISD that could even be used for emergency response evacuation spaces in a weather crisis or other scenarios where an evacuation is needed. The facility has the potential to make revenue back to Sheldon ISD's general operating fund through building rentals for large-scale events provided by organizations like Harris County and the City of Houston.