Voters who live in Northwest Independent School District (ISD) are being asked to approve several bond packages totaling $986,000,000.
Northwest ISD encompasses 234 square miles and serves students from several small communities in North Texas, including Justin, Haslet, and Trophy Club and portions of other larger communities including Fort Worth, Keller, and Flower Mound.
The bond package is broken down into four proposals, which were recommended by a long-range planning committee and approved for election by the school board.
A state law — Senate Bill 30 — that took effect on September 1, 2019 requires that the school district “list out each specific purpose for which bonds are being approved. These bonds proposals must be printed on the ballot as separate propositions, allowing each issue up for voter approval to be considered individually. The ballot must also list the rate of any tax that will be increased or imposed should that proposition gain voter approval.”
Voters will be asked to vote on the following proposals on November 3.
- Proposal A: The largest of the proposals totaling $937,702,000 would fund the construction of seven new schools, expansions and remodeling of present schools, and land acquisition.
- Proposal B: Designed to build and improve recreational facilities like tennis courts and baseball fields in the school district at a total cost of $23,573,000.
- Proposal C: Funds the renovation of the school district’s stadiums including replacing the turf and roof. This bond proposal is for $8,840,000.
- Proposal D: Requests $16,485,000 for technology upgrades within the district. The district currently issues laptops to teachers and Chromebooks to students in grades 6 through 12.
- Proposal E: Asks voters to approve a property tax rate increase. The current rate in Northwest ISD is $1.42 per $100 valuation but would be increased to $1.4663.
The current tax rate is higher than neighboring Keller ISD and Fort Worth ISD, but lower than the $1.518 rate in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.
Bringing an additional $21 million into the district, the increase comes in the maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate that is used for staff salaries, student programs, and operating costs.
For the average home in Northwest ISD valued at approximately $324,000, the annual tax bill would increase by $11.54.
The district’s previous tax rate was impacted by the legislature’s compression of property taxes passed during the last legislative session. The legislature spent $5 billion to “buy down” school district maintenance and operation rates across the state.
Northwest ISD is a rapidly growing district and predicts a yearly growth rate of about four percent, which will bring over 6,000 new students into the district in the next five years.
A $399 million bond package was passed by the district’s voters in 2017.
Northwest ISD did not reply to a request for information by the time of publication.
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Kim Roberts is a reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.