The mayoral race in Houston isn’t the only thing voters will decide today. The future of an iconic building also lies in the balance.
The fate of the Astrodome will be decided today. A $217M bond has been proposed that would repurpose the iconic landmark and turn it into a multi-purpose building. Leroy Shafer is the President and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and tells KTRH he's endorsing the plan.
“The rodeo has great concerns about Reliant Arena. We’ve been assured it will be maintained in accordance with our lease and that they will work with us to find funding for replacement,” Shafer said.
Shafer says a new Astrodome would be something the rodeo can put to good use.
“It is a building that we can use. It’s something we’re encouraging our members to evaluate and vote with their conviction,” Shafer explained.
Dene Hofheinz is the Ambassador of the Astrodome, and tells KTRH it just makes sense to keep the Dome alive.
“The future just looks so bright. I can’t imagine that anyone would even consider leveling it. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” Hofheinz said.
Hofheinz says the plan to repurpose the Dome passes your property taxes won’t rise by a large amount.
“Eight dollars per year on a property value of $200K, which I guess would be an average property value,” Hofheinz explained.
High School Stadium Proposal on Ballot in Katy
Another issue that will be decided today is a bond proposal that would give the Katy ISD a second football stadium. It’s an issue that has tempers running hot on both sides of the argument.
The proposed $99M bond would give Katy ISD a stadium to use besides Rhodes Stadium. Bond committee member John Eberlan tells KTRH they need that new building.
“This year there are six schools using the stadium, Next year that number rises to seven schools,” Eberlan said, adding that scheduling concerns are the biggest problem with the current setup.
But activist George Scott tells KTRH the plan is way too expensive.
“The stadium is overbuilt. There is a need, but Katy ISD taxpayers don’t need to buy a 14,000 seat stadium,” Scott said.
Scott says a smaller stadium is more acceptable.
“Build a new stadium in the ranger of 10,000 seats. You can get this done for a lot less money,” Scott stated.
Eberlan says whether the bond passes or not, it will not affect tax rates.
“It will cost money to build the facility. It will not raise tax rates. Your tax rates will remain the same,” Eberlan explained.