As promised, this issue takes a closer look at the proposed $487 million Clear Creek Independent School District bond issue up for a May 6 election.

That’s a lot of money and a lot to think about.

A bond issue of $487 million would add 3.7 cents to the district’s tax rate, an increase of $6.17 a month in taxes, or $74 a year, on property around the median value, which is $223,635 for a single-family home.

We set out to answer questions about how the school district would spend the money should the bond pass.

We report about the state of the district’s security systems, and an $8.1 million plan to upgrade them. There’s also a story about the uncertain fate of Clear View High School in Webster. The school building, constructed in about 1939, has sentimental value in the community but would be costly to modernize.

We hope you find the articles informative and helpful as you form your decision before the May 6 bond election.

You’ll also find this edition of Clear Lake/Friendswood Connection packed with stories about communities working to shape their futures in positive ways.

Kemah is an example. Not so long ago, it was a quiet and quaint shrimping town. All that changed in 1998, when Landry’s Inc. opened its massive entertainment complex — the Kemah Boardwalk. The boardwalk has made Kemah one of the biggest tourist draws in Texas.

But as most tourist towns know, such success comes with downsides, such as traffic jams in high season. And some small-business owners worried they were being overshadowed by the corporate-owned complex.

In early February, the city council unanimously approved a $50,000 construction-design contract with urban-design firm SWA Group to launch a proposed Lighthouse District revitalization that would benefit businesses outside the Kemah Boardwalk.

Read about that and so much more in these pages.

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