On Thursday, August 17, the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a Bond Election and a separate Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for November 7, 2017.
The bond proposal – which is $291,172,291 – focuses on 8 specific projects:
Life cycle improvements ($29,563,545)
Items like roof replacements, heating/ventilation/air conditioning replacements, plumbing upgrades, and sealing of windows and exterior doors at various campuses. For a campus-by-campus list please click HERE
Secure front entries at every schools ($1,123,500)
Includes video cameras, intercom communication, and badge-controlled access.
Fire & life safety upgrades at every campus ($5,317,044)
Fire alarm replacement/upgrades, exterior lighting improvements, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) upgrades. Needs vary by campus.
A district-wide fiber network ($27,115,705)
Install a fiber network that connects all schools and district buildings back to the Network Operating Center. Includes necessary cabling, school core and edge switches, additional access points and wireless controllers, and uninterruptible power supplies to ensure systems like phone and access control work in event of power outage.
A new comprehensive high school ($131,000,480)
Construction of a new high school to serve northeast Ector County; will be located at the intersection of Yukon and Faudree, east of Ratliff Stadium; designed for 2,500 student capacity; estimated at 400,000 square feet; includes furniture, equipment and technology; projected opening in 2020.
Conversion of Ector MS to a high school ($30,037,460)
Designed for 1,500 student capacity; includes conversion of academic spaces to meet the requirements of a modern-day comprehensive high school; new Career & Technical Education spaces; new athletic facilities; furniture; phased construction so students are not displaced and lose instruction time
A new middle school to replace Ector MS ($62,514,557)
Construction of a new middle school to serve south and west Ector County; site is still to be determined but cost includes land purchase; designed for 1,200 student capacity; estimated 195,000 square feet; includes furniture, technology and equipment.
Completion of girls’ locker rooms at Permian High School ($2,500,000), expansion and upgrade of the weight room at Odessa High School ($1,000,000), and renovation of the bathrooms at Ratliff Stadium ($1,000,000).
Total bond proposal cost: $291,172,291
If the Bond is passed ECISD’s Interest & Sinking (debt service) tax rate would increase by approximately 17-cents – from the current $.11 to $.28 per $100 valuation of your house.* See below for different scenarios broken down for you:
Average Home Value
Appraised Value $162,841
Taxable Value $104,244
Tax Increase $14.77 per month, $177.24 per year
Appraised Value $100,000
Taxable Value $55,000
Tax Increase $7.79 per month, $93.48 per year
Appraised Value $200,000
Taxable Value $135,000
Tax Increase $19.13 per month, $229.56 per year
Appraised Value $300,000
Taxable Value $215,000
Tax Increase $30.46 per month, $365.52 per year
*Residents 65 years of age & older with a homestead exemption, will not see an increase in their tax bill if the 2017 bond is approved