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Houston Suburb Votes Down Building $69.5M High School Football Stadium

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Rendering of proposed stadium. (credit: CBS News)

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Rendering of proposed stadium. (credit: CBS News)

Rendering of proposed stadium. (credit: CBS News)

KATY, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — It was a bad night for stadium financing in the Houston area, with one suburban district voting down a bond issue that would have built a deluxe high school football stadium.

Voters in the Katy school district on Tuesday voted down a bond package that would have provided $69.5 million for a new, 14,000-seat football stadium.

The rejection came the same day as voters in Harris County at large rejected a plan to turn the Astrodome into a convention center.

Some local Tea Party members opposed the Katy bond program, saying the district shouldn’t take on more debt.

“It comes out to be $5,000, almost $5,000 per seat,” Cyndi Lawrence, a local Tea Party leader, told CBS News before voting. “At 14,000 seats, I have real issue with that price tag. It’s outlandish and I think the taxpayers are starting to realize it’s way too much.”

It went on the ballot one year after the Dallas suburb of Allen opened a $60 million stadium.

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