Missouri City unveils preliminary plans  for $40 million bond referendum

Residents have until November 15 to give feedback

By Betsy Dolan 

Missouri City’s Bond Exploratory Committee (BEC) has designated how $40 million would be divvied up in a proposed bond referendum in May. Residents have until November 15 to provide their feedback.

The bond package calls for $13 million to be spent on transportation, $10 million on facilities, $8 million on public safety, $6.5 million on drainage and $2.5 million for parks and recreation.

While specific transportation projects have not yet been identified, improvements would include maintenance such as paving, sidewalks, and landscaping as well as widening projects.

The drainage project would include improvements to the Willow Waterhold Watershed as well as mitigate future flooding as the city’s growth continues.

Public safety improvements would include the property purchase, design, construction of Fire Station #6. The measure also calls for buying a new fire truck.

Developing a plan to build a new city hall and repairing the existing structure make up the bulk of the facilities portion of the bond. City Manager, Ed Broussard, said the City Hall building has exceeded its 30-year service life. The facilities measure would also include an expansion of the Public Safety Center.

Possible projects for the parks and recreation portion of the bond include building a second gym, a sports complex, skate park, nature park, and renovating the community park amphitheater.

City council will consider the debt service tax impact and prioritize the projects, before finalizing the bond amount and proposed projects.

The BEC will present their proposal to the Missouri City Planning on Zoning commission on November 13. The city will receive feedback from the community until November 15. The BEC will present their recommendations to City Council in December.

Missouri City’s last bond election was in 2008 and included money to buy and renovate Quail Valley Golf Course, the recreation and tennis center, and City Centre. The measure got support from more than 72 percent of Missouri City voters.

Missouri City had planned to have a bond referendum on the May 2013 ballot but decided to hold off after city leaders felt the city was already carrying too much debt.

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