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THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 8, ISSUE 6 | FEB. 13-MARCH 12, 2019

BOND BREAKDOWN INSIDE 54 Conroe ISD voters will decide May 4 whether to approve $807 million in bonds to fund projects including new schools and improvements to alleviate overcrowding at existing schools.

$807M

BOND ON

THE BALLOT

Conroe ISD’s student enrollment numbers have increased by roughly 1,500 students per year. A Population and Survey Analysts demographic report estimated the district will reach 76,000 students by 2028.

A GROWING DISTRICT

Conroe ISD's $807 million bond package will be on the May 4 election ballot. Here are important dates to know before heading to the polls:

** FIRST DAYOF SCHOOL ENROLLMENT * PROJECTED

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76,560

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Deadline to register to vote: April 4 First day of early voting: April 22 Last day of early voting: April 30 Election day: May 4

61,580

INCREASE OF 14,980 STUDENTS PROJECTED FROM 2017-2028

2018 ** 2017

2020 * 2019 *

2022 * 2021 *

2024 * 2023 *

2026 * 2025 *

2028 * 2027 *

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Bond features new elementary school, overhaul of overcrowded Oak Ridge High School Conroe ISD $807M school bond planned for May 2019 ballot

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Local events, things to know

substantial projects [on the bond package], but I think if you just look purely at a financial investment, you will see that this package leans very heavily on new schools, and growth and sustainability at existing schools,” Null said. Null said CISD plans to

According to data from a Population and Survey Analysts demographics study released mid-Decem- ber, CISD has grown by more than 15,000 students over the past decade, and it estimated the district will reach 76,000 students by 2028. “There are many

upgrades to existing facil- ities and districtwide improvements, CISD offi- cials project the bond will bring increased property tax rates. CISD Superintendent Curtis Null said the bond referendum will address the district’s growing stu- dent population.

BY KELLY SCHAFLER As one of the fastest- growing public school dis- tricts in the state of Texas, Conroe ISD is planning for the future. The board of trustees approved the call Jan. 15 for a $807 million bond to be on the May 4 election ballot. Along with new schools,

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City eyes road projects for continued growth Oak Ridge North economy recovers following sales tax revenue slump BY HANNAH ZEDAKER For the first time in three years, Oak Ridge North saw an increase in total sales tax revenue in fiscal year 2018, giving optimism to city officials as they focus on implementing proj- ects to continue the city’s upward economic growth. Home to about 150 businesses across 1.5 square miles, Oak Ridge North Mayor Jim Kuykendall said sales tax revenue is a key revenue stream for the city as it accounts for approximately 70 percent of the city’s total revenue and provides the majority of funding for city services, programming and projects. “Sales tax is a factor in determining the health of our business CONTINUED ON 56

BACK ON TRACK

After two consecutive years of decreasing sales tax revenue , Oak Ridge North experienced its first uptick since 2015 last fiscal year.

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Property YEARLY TAX REVENUES: Sales

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2019

$1.9M 2019 $2M*

$795,607* $77,046*

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

$690,147 $62,899 $679,266 $128,382 $693,762 $76,770

$1.7M $1.9M $1.8M $1.8M

$773,037

$66,729

$810,491 $42,830

2012 $1.4M 2013 $1.4M

$706,685 $40,485 $747,634 $42,867

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