In a little more than two months, voters in College Station will decide whether they want to shoulder the cost of a growing school district.
The school board has set Saturday, May 9th for a bond package of just over 144 million dollars.
The school board has proposed a new state-of-the-art high school, which will include an athletics facility, to be open by 2012. The price tag is a little more than 111 million dollars.
Once that opens, renovations will begin on Consol at a cost projected just under six million dollars.
With the growing community, another elementary school is also on the agenda. The eighth elementary school would accommodate more than 600 students, with an estimated cost of 19 million dollars.
More students also means more demand for transportation.
Each year the school district buys buses to expand its fleet. The problem is how to house the buses. The district says the current transportation facility is maxed out.
The cost of new transportation center would be almost eight million dollars.
So how much will all of this cost you?
If you have a house valued at 150,000 dollars you pay about 1,600 dollars a year in school property taxes. Under the new bond package you'd be paying about 186 dollars more per year.
If you live in College Station, you're still paying for the 2007 school bond package. With the way the school district is growing, school officials say there will be another bond package in 2011.
Meanwhile, enrollment continues to increase about five percent a year. The school district projects enrollment could hit 25,000 students in the not-so-distant future.