North Texans To Vote on Myriad of Bond Measures

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Collin County Courthouse | Image by Collin County/Facebook

North Texas residents in some municipalities, counties, and school districts will have local matters to consider during Tuesday’s election in addition to the 14 proposed constitutional amendments that all Texas voters will see on their ballots.

Collin County residents will be voting on Propositions A-E, five bond measures that, if authorized by voters, would finance improvements and new county facilities. Bond money would go toward the development of court and adult detention facilities, the county animal shelter, the medical examiner’s office, parks, and the construction, development, and maintenance of roads and bridges.

The City of Denton put eight bond measures on the ballot, Propositions A-H. They deal with street improvements, drainage and flood control, the park system, public safety, low-income housing, an active adult center facility, a new library, and renovations to City Hall West.

The City of Justin put four bond measures up for a vote, Propositions A-D. If approved, bond money would be used to pay for a new municipal complex, the conversion of the existing City Hall to a community center and library, the construction of a new municipal public works building, and the construction of a new fire station.

The City of Kennedale has one bond on its ballot, Proposition A. If approved by voters, the bond would pay for a number of park and recreation items.

Voters who reside in Mesquite will consider Proposition A. They will have to decide whether to approve or deny an increase in the ad valorem tax rate from $0.65814 per $100 valuation to $0.69000 per $100 valuation. The additional funds would be used to increase staffing and equipment for the police department, build and staff a new fire station, increase funding for roadway construction and maintenance, establish a behavioral health division, and increase pay for public safety personnel.

The Town of Northlake put one proposition on its ballot: the issuance of a bond to develop and construct a new multi-purpose sports and community venue and the infrastructure to support it, such as roads, parking, water and sewer facilities, and concessions.

Richland Hills voters will consider Proposition A, which concerns the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. The measure, if passed, would allow liquor stores to open within city limits, subject to the city’s zoning requirements and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission rules.

The City of White Settlement nearly used up the entire alphabet with its myriad of propositions, A-U, which pertain to amendments to the city’s home rule charter regarding municipal boundaries, qualifications for city council members, the filling of elected official vacancies, the passage of ordinances, the appointment of municipal judges, and several other issues.

Ten North Texas school districts have also placed bond propositions on Tuesday’s election ballot.

Voters residing in Azle ISD will consider one proposition to authorize the issuance of bonds for renovations and expansions of existing school campuses, a maintenance warehouse, and the district police department’s facilities. Azle ISD’s website claims the “proposed projects would result in a total tax rate decrease due to recent legislation and growth in our community.”

Birdville ISD voters will decide whether to ratify an ad valorem tax rate of $1.2031 per $100 valuation for the current year, which would result in a 3.77% decrease in maintenance and operations tax revenue.

Cedar Hill ISD is asking voters to ratify an ad valorem tax rate of $1.1326, which will result in a 4.87% decrease in the maintenance and operations tax rate compared to the previous year.

Duncanville ISD has two bonds on the ballot. Proposition A relates to the construction, renovation, and improvement of school buildings, the purchase of new school buses, and the retrofitting of existing buses with safety equipment. Proposition B concerns the replacement of digital projectors at all schools and facilities in the district.

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD has placed four bond propositions on the ballot that would pay for school facilities, the purchase of land for future schools, the purchase of vehicles for emergency, safety, and security purposes, technology infrastructure and equipment upgrades, the improvement of athletic facilities at Saginaw High School, and the construction of a swimming facility.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has two bond propositions dealing with the construction and renovation of school facilities, safety and security enhancements, and technology updates.

Lancaster ISD proposed an ad valorem tax rate of $1.2267 per $100 valuation, which would result in a 6.01% decrease in the district’s maintenance and operation tax rate compared to the previous year if approved by voters.

Lewisville ISD has seven propositions up for a vote, including the ratification of an ad valorem tax rate of $1.1301 per $100 valuation, updates to safety and security infrastructure and technology, campus and facility upgrades and renovations, the purchase of school buses, maintenance and repairs at athletic facilities, improvements to aquatic facilities, and improvements to the district’s high schools.

Prosper ISD has four bond propositions up for consideration pertaining to spending on new building sites, new buses, school technology improvements, upgrades to sports stadium facilities, and the construction of a new performing arts center.

Voters who live in Wylie ISD will vote on one proposition concerning safety and security enhancements, new schools, expansion of CTE facilities, and “significant” maintenance improvements.

Polls will be open on November 7 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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