EDUCATION

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees will hear from consultants regarding the potential $426 million bond issue at the regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Representatives of the law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and RBC Capital Markets will discuss the language for calling a bond election for May 5 and a tax rate analysis.

A draft of the ballot language will be reviewed during the meeting, along with extensive information on the tax increase for property owners.

Those owning a home with an assessed value of $150,000 with a homestead exemption would see a yearly property tax increase of approximately $169.

The recommendation projects to be included in the bond issue are:

• Renovations to bring existing campuses into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and address security/safety issues.

• New high school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.

• Consolidation of East Ward and West Ward elementary schools with construction of a new East Ward school.

• Consolidation of Pershing Park and Sugar Loaf elementary schools, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School, and construction of a new Pershing Park school.

• New elementary school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.

• Renovate and expand Clifton Park Elementary School, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School.

• Renovations to Killeen High School.

The board is scheduled to vote on whether to call the bond election at its Feb. 13 meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the KISD board will hold a public hearing on a number of annual reports.

The Texas Academic Performance Report, which provides information on the performance of students in each school and districts in Texas every year.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board report provides student performance information on students who graduate from our district and enter a Texas public college or university.

The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Financial Standard Report provides actual financial information from the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Another locally generated report on violent and criminal incidents in the school district will be part of the public hearing.

The board will vote at Tuesday’s meeting on whether to terminate contract negotiations with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. for 2018 roofing life cycle replacement consulting services, based on conversations with the firm and delays in correspondence.

Board members will hear a report from McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen, P.C. regarding the collection of delinquent taxes dating back to 2013. The firm has sent over 48,000 delinquent tax notices, filed nearly 300 delinquent tax lawsuits, recovered 125 judgments and posted over 120 properties for sale due to delinquent taxes.

According to the information to be presented, MVBA has collected nearly $3 million in delinquent taxes for the years 2013 through 2016.

MVBA is not paid by KISD for collection services. Their fees are paid by the delinquent property owners.

The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the administration building, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive. The board will immediately adjourn into closed session to discuss settlement of litigation and a parent level III grievance. The regular meeting will commence at 6 p.m.

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

(1) comment

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Question: 'What is the true bond value, $156,000 as stated in this newspaper, or 4426,000, the last reported value and what is quoted as being a home with a homestead valued at $150,000 reporting the 'bond' would reflect a $169 dollar increase. What value are you prescribing to the value of $169 per year, the $150,000 or the higher bond number of $426,000. Is that a true comparison which is stated by the newspaper of $156,000????

Copy: 'Craft said the proposed new high school, with an estimated cost of $171 million, set to be built on a 67.5-acre lot on Chaparral Road south of the Killeen police station, would require the city, and possibly other governmental entities, to make improvements to the road.'
Continuation of copy: 'Otherwise, access to the new school would be problematic, Craft said.' End of copy.

I would like to inquire, 'If the new 3,750 homes that are projected to be built just outside of the city limits are not built and the increased roadway capacity, plus a bridge that crosses over the Trimmier Creek, what then is the projection of the school in that area and what differences in conditions that a new high school will be built in that location or another location and in what year is this school going to be required???? This is something that affects us all and all should be interested in this bond project plus the city's proposed bond project.

Renovations to bring existing campuses into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and address security/safety issues.
As I understand it, the KISD already has the funds that are required to update revisions to bring the existing campuses into compliance. This act was enacted in 1990. I am of the understanding that sufficient funds are available to introduce those necessary changes. Why haven't these changes been introduced after 1990 and already been implemented????

As to the city:
Copy: Forecast shows looming $27.6 million shortfall in Killeen operational fund
By Kyle Blankenship | Herald staff writer

Aug. 6, 2017'

End of copy.

This city is for all intents and purposes, already broke. They handled the $8 million shortfall, but the focal point of this article alludes to the financial picture of a $40 million gap between what is needed for deferred maintenance needs are now and the fact that 'we do not have it'. He paints a picture that this city has a '20-year financial forecast with expenditures outpacing revenues in the general — or operational — fund by $27.6 million in 2037.' He forecasts that 'the general fund is expected to operate at a loss every year into the future. By 2021, the city projects a $4.1 million gap in the general fund that has no clear funding mechanism.'

And this council has sought to drop the financial package from an emergency fund of 22 to 25 percent down to a margin of some 18 percent, or I think it is about 2 months in duration.

This is 'the fix' that was proposed against the city manager's proposal of 'leave it alone'. I think I agree with the city manager on this one.


Are we to build the roadways, and a bridge, that will be necessary to support the new high school in the interest of a 3,750 new home construction that is just outside of the city limits thus incurring a less than rosy picture of what this city needs right now and drop the self interests that are strangling this city????

We have all heard that the reason we have a high turn over in the KPD was salary's, so we visited that salary question by increasing the salary's 11 percent and introduced the 5 percent step increases. Now today we hear that 'there is a turn over rate because of high stress due to high call rates. What really is the story, low salary or high stress????

Many job classifications involve stressful situations so is our Police Department rookies not aware of the stress this job entails???? I say again, what is the real reason and are we going to get it or other stories of a similar nature????

I just wish we could get the real reason that this city is in 'deep do-do', and growing by leaps and bounds.

I will keep to a no vote on the KISD bond issue at what ever level it comes in at, a no vote on this city's new infrastructure needs that is needed to support the 3,750 home commitment, and I will continue to call for another look at the $30 million going to $50, 60, or 70 million that has this city strapped right now. We had all better take a long look at just what is this city going to project for the future.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
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