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Katy voters to decide on $69 million stadium complex

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With the high caliber of football consistently produced in Katy, Texas it's tempting to call a proposed $69 million stadium a gold-plated showcase inspired by earned ego and an oversized love of a game.

But the fact is 34-year-old Rhodes Stadium is currently serving six Katy ISD high schools all by itself. With enough students pouring into Katy each year to fill a brand new high school the need for an additional stadium is a compelling one.

"I believe that we are going to be building eight and probably nine high schools in Katy ISD before build out is complete," said John Eberlan who served on the KISD bond committee that formulated the $99 million proposal which includes funding for new science and agriculture facilities as well.

Eberlan says if approved the new 14,000 seat stadium will be constructed on KISD land next to Rhodes and host soccer, dance and band competitions in addition to football.

District leaders tell FOX 26 property owners leery of a potential spike in their tax rate can relax.

"We will not raise our tax rate because of the bond. There has never been a better time to borrow money to satisfy needs within the district right now bond rates are at the lowest they've been in 40 years. Now is the time to build if you have a need to satisfy," said Eberlan.

But Cynthia Lawrence of the Katy Tea Party calls the additional debt burden of the high dollar stadium a costly luxury the community can ill afford, especially if the Houston area economy hits a downturn.

"I think taxpayers have a real issue paying $69 million for a second stadium. Almost $5,000 per stadium seat. If that doesn't send up red flags to everybody I don't know what else will," said Lawrence.

Katy voters decide the issue Nov. 5. If approved, construction of the stadium would begin in the Spring and be completed in 2015.

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