CONROE MONTGOMERY EDITION
VOLUME 5, ISSUE 12 MARCH 18APRIL 21, 2020
OUTGROWING RATES WISD’s bond may not raise tax rates. Despite home values increasing from 2014-18, tax rates remained the same.
Willis ISD is putting three propositions on the May 2 ballot, with a maximum tax rate increase of $0.10.
$250K $200K $150K
$100K $50K $0 TAX RATE:
Cost: $12.5 million Scope: New natatorium, or pool
Cost: $100.15 million Scope: Facility improvements at every school, new gyms at four elementary schools, additional classrooms at Lynn Lucas Middle School, new pre-K center
Cost: $62.35 million Scope: New football stadium at Willis High School, new baseball eld, relocated softball eld, relocated track eld, new tennis courts
Board votes to continue lowering Lake Conroe
DATES TO KNOW
2019: House Bill 3 provides $5.1B in tax relief, decreasing the rate $0.12.
SOURCES: MONTGOMERY COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT, WILLIS ISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
2015: WISD calls a bond. Tax rate stays same due to population growth.
Willis ISD calls bond elections totaling $175M Three propositions focus on school improvements, new athletics facilities
Principal approved for rezoned CISD school
lacks a natatorium. Clark, along with the rest of the swim team, would then drive back to WHS after practice to begin their school day. Alongside lacking a natatorium, WHS athletes, including football
players, must use crowded locker rooms, said Clark, who is also on the WHS football team. “The students and denitely the parents have done more than enough
BY ANDY LI
During swim season, Willis High School senior Jeremy Clark said he would commute every school day at 4:30 a.m. to the Conroe Aquatic Center for swim practice because his school
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Conroe residents can expect to see rising sewer rates over the next several years to fund the city’s growing infrastruc- ture needs. The city of Conroe broke ground on its new wastewater treatment plant Dec. 2—a $60 million project that will come online in spring 2022. The plant is permitted to treat 6 mil- lion gallons a day but is expandable to 12 million gallons a day to serve Conroe’s rapid growth, city ocials said. The new plant, designed by Lockwood, Andrews & New- nam and constructed by LEM Construction, sits on a 25-acre site east of I-45 and north of South Loop 336. It will serve the city’s area east of I-45, while the city’s existing plant, located on Sgt. Ed Holcomb Boulevard, will serve the western half. The new plant will also lessen the load on the existing plant—which is nearing maximum capacity—while also using energy-saving technologies, ocials said. Newwastewater treatment plant to serve Conroe’s growth BY EVA VIGH
RISING RATES Conroe’s sewer rates have been rising since at least scal year 2006-07. To fund the new wastewater plant, the city further increased sewer rates by 20% in October and has planned future increases. Here is how these increases will aect the monthly minimum sewer rate.
$50 $60 $40 $30 $20 $10
201920: CITY INCREASES ITS RATES TO FUND NEW PLANT
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SOURCE: CITY OF CONROECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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