Elections 2022Forney ISD, San Antonio Bonds Pass While 12 of 16 Stadium Proposals Fail in May Local Election

While voters usually approve most bond proposals, some notable ones failed in the May 7 election.
May 9, 2022
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Texas voters considered over 200 local bonds, totaling $18.5 billion collectively, this past weekend. 

The appearance of these proposals on ballots means each would increase taxes. Texas state law requires any property tax increases above the voter-approval rate — 2.5 percent for school districts, 3.5 percent for cities and counties — to be placed before the localities’ constituents. Because of how large most of these expenditures are, they require taking on debt, and the taxing authority to pay it off, which can span two or three decades depending on the borrowing stipulations.

During these bond elections, those supporting the proposals often market them as “not a tax rate increase” — “not a tax increase” if they’re less honest. Because of appraisal increases, especially in places of high population growth, it is possible to reduce or keep level the political subdivision’s tax rate while bringing in substantially more property tax collections.

On balance, these local bonds are approved more often than they are rejected but last November, for the first time in 10 years, more school bonds were rejected than approved.

Both in number and price tag, school districts accounted for the lion’s share of the bonds up for a vote on Saturday.

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The six most expensive single propositions — localities can, and usually do, separate bond packages into more than one proposal — were all chalk, passing with substantial margins. The top-priced single proposition in Forney ISD, worth $1.3 billion, passed with 65 percent. Each of the City of San Antonio’s six items totaling $1.2 billion failed.

But the next three items from Sheldon, Little Elm, and Granbury ISDs all failed. The next largest, from Medina ISD, passed by seven votes and its second proposition failed.

Granbury ISD voters also rejected the other proposal, a $39 million item to pay for a stadium.

Klein ISD, which put forward four proposals totaling $1.1 billion, saw two pass and two fail. Its most expensive proposal, $843.8 million for new schools and renovations, passed while the extracurricular-focused items, an events center and a football stadium, both failed.

Red Oak ISD secured the rare golden sombrero, striking out on each of its four proposals, one of which was a football stadium.

Of the 16 stadium projects on school district ballots across the state, only four were approved. In total, $53.1 million out of the over $400 million proposed for stadium projects passed.

After failing by 55 votes last November, voters again rejected the Cameron County arena proposal, this time by 209 votes. The levy would have authorized the county to take on $33 million in debt to finance one-third of the stadium, to be paid by an increase in the county’s visitors taxes.

Turnout across the entire state for the May 7 election was 7.5 percent, and because of typical ballot fatigue, items lower on the ballots, like these bond proposals, often see even lower levels of turnout.

The full tallies of this election’s bonds have not yet been compiled by the Texas Bond Review Board.

See the full list of bond proposals that were on the May 7 ballot below.

Issuer NameTypeAmountPurposePurpose Description
Forney ISDISD $1,294,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Northside ISDaISD $992,000,000 OtherSchool Building & Buses
Klein ISDISD $843,800,000 BuildingSchool Building & Security
Humble ISDISD $730,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Community ISDISD $595,604,000 BuildingSchool Building
San AntonioCITY $471,557,000 OtherStreet & Bridge
Sheldon ISDISD $430,670,000 BuildingSchool Building & Technology
Little Elm ISDISD $398,500,000 OtherSchool Building, Buses & Technology
Granbury ISDISD $394,000,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Medina Valley ISDISD $383,215,400 BuildingSchool Building
Spring Branch ISDISD $381,600,000 BuildingSchool Building & Technology
Fort WorthCITY $369,220,000 OtherMobility Projects
Aubrey ISDISD $354,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Crandall ISDISD $345,000,000 OtherSchool, buses, technology
Galveston ISDISD $314,800,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Montgomery ISDISD $312,980,000 BuildingSchool Building
Del Valle ISDISD $300,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Pasadena ISDISD $281,269,000 BuildingSchool Building
Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISDISD $275,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Sheldon ISDISD $272,000,000 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
San AntonioCITY $271,915,000 OtherParks & Rec
Krum ISDISD $244,700,000 BuildingSchool Building
Argyle ISDISD $221,085,000 OtherSchool Building, Buses & Technology
Ector County ISDISD $215,255,000 OtherSchool Building & Technology
Ector County ISDISD $183,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Amarillo ISDISD $180,600,000 BuildingSchool Building & Technology
Longview ISDISD $178,185,000 BuildingSchool Building
San AntonioCITY $169,873,000 OtherDrainage
Greenville ISDISD $169,400,000 BuildingSchool Buidling & Transportation
Belton ISDISD $168,825,000 BuildingSchool Building & Security
Temple ISDISD $164,800,000 BuildingSchool Building
Boerne ISDISD $162,640,000 OtherSchool Building & Buses
Red Oak ISDISD $156,800,000 BuildingSchool Building
Brenham ISDISD $153,900,000 BuildingSchool Building & Security
San AntonioCITY $150,000,000 BuildingHousing Facility
Willis ISDISD $143,050,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Deer Park ISDISD $142,500,000 OtherSchool Building & Buses
Klein ISDISD $131,300,000 BuildingEvent Center
Sanger ISDISD $130,000,000 BuildingSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Fort WorthCITY $123,960,000 OtherParks & Rec
Hays CISDISD $115,649,800 OtherSchool Building & Buses
White Settlement ISDISD $115,000,000 BuildingSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Chapel Hill ISDaISD $113,060,000 BuildingSchool Building
Alvarado ISDISD $107,450,000 BuildingSchool Building/Gym
Huffman ISDISD $98,900,000 OtherSchool, Buses, Tech
Terrell ISDISD $94,358,110 BuildingSchool Building
Mabank ISDISD $94,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Harlandale ISDISD $93,500,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Sulphur Springs ISDISD $93,000,000 OtherSchool Building & Buses
Coupland ISDISD $91,600,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Columbus ISDISD $90,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Tyler ISDISD $89,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Cedar ParkCITY $86,600,000 OtherTransportation
Joshua ISDISD $84,650,000 BuildingSchool Building & Technology
Fort Stockton ISDISD $84,000,000 OtherSchool Building & Buses
Bullard ISDISD $82,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Fredericksburg ISDISD $82,000,000 OtherSchool, Buses, Tech
Kaufman ISDISD $79,600,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
London ISDISD $79,450,000 BuildingSchool Building
Gunter ISDISD $78,800,000 BuildingSchool Building
San AntonioCITY $78,280,000 BuildingPublic Safety Facilities
MansfieldCITY $78,000,000 OtherLibrary
Klein ISDISD $75,200,000 OtherStadium
Wills Point ISDISD $71,965,000 BuildingSchool Building
Corsicana ISDISD $70,393,094 BuildingSchool Building
Aransas County ISDISD $66,000,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Thrall ISDISD $64,816,680 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Willis ISDISD $62,570,000 OtherStadium
Pottsboro ISDISD $62,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
San AntonioCITY $58,375,000 BuildingLibrary
Bridge City ISDISD $57,700,000 BuildingSchool Building
Buena Vista ISDISD $56,000,000 OtherSchool Building & Buses
MansfieldCITY $55,000,000 OtherSports Complex
Bonham ISDISD $53,600,000 BuildingSchool Building
Ferris ISDISD $53,000,000 OtherSchool Building & Security
BurlesonCITY $52,400,000 OtherPublic Safety
Klein ISDISD $51,500,000 OtherTechnology
Stephenville ISDISD $50,000,000 OtherStadium
Shallowater ISDISD $48,500,000 BuildingSchool Building
Amarillo ISDISD $48,000,000 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
Woodville ISDISD $47,850,000 BuildingSchool Building
Anahuac ISDISD $47,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
LongviewCITY $45,600,000 OtherPensionObligation
KerrvilleCITY $45,000,000 BuildingPublic Safety Facilities
Red Oak ISDISD $45,000,000 OtherStadium
Humble ISDISD $45,000,000 OtherTechnology
Granger ISDISD $44,000,000 OtherBuilding, Athletic Facility & Transportation
Trenton ISDISD $43,250,000 BuildingSchool Building
Florence ISDISD $42,750,000 BuildingSchool Building
Cedar ParkCITY $42,200,000 OtherPark
Longview ISDISD $40,795,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Blanco ISDISD $40,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Pleasant Grove ISDISD $39,900,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Mount Vernon ISDISD $39,500,000 BuildingSchool Building
Fort WorthCITY $39,320,000 OtherPolice & Fire
Marion ISDISD $39,300,000 BuildingSchool Building
Littlefield ISDISD $39,085,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Santa Fe ISDISD $39,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Connally ISDISD $39,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Amarillo ISDISD $38,300,000 BuildingNatatorium
Community ISDISD $35,058,000 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
Goliad ISDISD $35,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Crandall ISDISD $35,000,000 OtherStadium
Sheldon ISDISD $33,900,000 BuildingNatatorium
BurlesonCITY $33,600,000 OtherStreet
Aubrey ISDISD $31,900,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Krum ISDISD $30,300,000 OtherStadium
Cedar ParkCITY $30,000,000 OtherPublic Safety Facilities
Goliad ISDISD $30,000,000 BuildingSchool Building Improvements
Mineola ISDISD $29,855,000 BuildingSchool Building
Seymour ISDISD $29,500,000 BuildingSchool Building
Chilton ISDISD $28,900,000 OtherSchool Building, Atheltics, Renovations
Argyle ISDISD $26,915,000 OtherStadium
Ingram ISDISD $25,232,400 OtherSchool Building & Buses
Stephenville ISDISD $25,000,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Haltom CityCITY $25,000,000 BuildingCity Hall
New Diana ISDISD $23,210,000 BuildingSchool Building
Harlandale ISDISD $22,000,000 RefundRefunding Notes
Bullard ISDISD $21,000,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Laguna Madre WDWD $20,800,000 OtherWater & Sewer
Brownsboro ISDISD $20,500,000 BuildingSchool Building & Technology
Crandall ISDISD $20,000,000 OtherPerforming Arts
Itasca ISDISD $20,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Bartlett ISDISD $20,000,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Argyle ISDISD $19,885,000 OtherSchool Building, Atheltics, Renovations
Willis ISDISD $19,390,000 OtherAquatic Center
Community ISDISD $19,338,000 OtherStadium
Amarillo ISDISD $19,000,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Red Oak ISDISD $19,000,000 OtherTransportation
Normangee ISDISD $18,600,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Live OakCITY $18,000,000 OtherStreet & Bridge
Alvarado ISDISD $17,550,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Deer Park ISDISD $17,500,000 OtherTechnology
Louise ISDISD $17,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Beckville ISDISD $17,000,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Idalou ISDISD $16,100,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Alba-Golden ISDISD $16,000,000 BuildingSchool Building/Gym
Prairiland ISDISD $16,000,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Cameron ISDISD $15,900,000 BuildingSchool Building
Veribest ISDISD $15,500,000 BuildingSchool Building
London ISDISD $15,180,000 OtherStadium
Fort WorthCITY $15,000,000 OtherPark
Whitewright ISDISD $15,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Pasadena ISDISD $14,921,000 OtherTechnology
Bridge City ISDISD $14,700,000 BuildingSchool Building
Ferris ISDISD $14,000,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Hallettsville ISDISD $13,820,000 BuildingSchool Building
Joshua ISDISD $12,850,000 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
Mount Vernon ISDISD $12,800,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Era ISDISD $12,720,000 BuildingSchool Building
Fort WorthCITY $12,500,000 OtherLibrary
Chapel Hill ISDaISD $12,180,000 OtherSchool Building, Atheltics, Renovations
Ferris ISDISD $12,000,000 OtherPerforming Arts
Waelder ISDISD $12,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Abbott ISDISD $12,000,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Fort Stockton ISDISD $12,000,000 OtherStadium
Paint Rock ISDISD $11,750,000 BuildingSchool Building
Callisburg ISDISD $11,481,250 BuildingSchool Building
MansfieldCITY $10,500,000 OtherParks & Rec
Shavano ParkCITY $10,000,000 OtherRoad
Brookesmith ISDISD $9,950,000 OtherSchool Building, Atheltics, Renovations
Callisburg ISDISD $9,893,750 OtherStadium
Corsicana ISDISD $9,596,531 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
Harlandale ISDISD $9,500,000 OtherStadium
Red Oak ISDISD $9,300,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Aquilla ISDISD $9,250,000 OtherSchoolBuildingAthleticImprovements
Pasadena ISDISD $8,810,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Longview ISDISD $8,565,000 OtherStadium
Montgomery ISDISD $8,510,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
East Chambers ISDISD $8,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Fairfield ISDISD $8,000,000 BuildingSchool Building Improvements
Callisburg ISDISD $7,125,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
MansfieldCITY $7,000,000 OtherPark
Cross Roads ISDISD $7,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Florence ISDISD $6,570,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Olney ISDISD $6,000,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Fort Stockton ISDISD $6,000,000 BuildingHousing Facility
WinnsboroCITY $5,590,000 OtherStreet & Bridge
Montgomery ISDISD $5,400,000 OtherTechnology
WindcrestCITY $5,000,000 OtherAquatic Center
MansfieldCITY $5,000,000 OtherBaseball Park
Fort Stockton ISDISD $5,000,000 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
Meyersville ISDISD $5,000,000 BuildingSchool Building
Belton ISDISD $5,000,000 OtherTechnology
Sabinal ISDISD $4,500,000 BuildingMulti-Pupose Center
Buena Vista ISDISD $4,000,000 BuildingHousing Facility
Thrall ISDISD $3,683,320 OtherStadium
Peaster ISDISD $3,500,000 BuildingSchool Building & Buses
Boerne ISDISD $3,000,000 OtherTechnology
Fort Stockton ISDISD $3,000,000 OtherTechnology
Huffman ISDISD $2,900,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Longview ISDISD $2,440,000 OtherAquatic Center
East Chambers ISDISD $1,800,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
Shallowater ISDISD $1,500,000 OtherStadium
London ISDISD $1,500,000 OtherTechnology
Trenton ISDISD $1,445,000 OtherStadium
WinnsboroCITY $1,180,000 BuildingCity Hall
WinnsboroCITY $1,150,000 OtherStreet
Bloomington ISDISD $1,100,000 BuildingSchool Building
WinnsboroCITY $985,000 OtherAnimal Care & Control
Trenton ISDISD $830,000 BuildingSchool Building Improvements
WinnsboroCITY $795,000 BuildingCity Building
Terrell ISDISD $641,900 BuildingPerforming Arts
New Diana ISDISD $550,000 OtherAthletic Facilities Improvements
WinnsboroCITY $525,000 OtherFarmers Market
WinnsboroCITY $415,000 BuildingCivic Center
WinnsboroCITY $360,000 OtherParking

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