Gathered in a popular “Show Me City” amenity that was constructed using bond funds from a 2008 election, homeowners, Council Members and staff recently launched discussions on another referendum set for May, 2014.
The Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center was a fitting scene for the Bond Exploratory Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as residents were able to see the success of the first-class facility firsthand.
Surrounded by sights and sounds of success, the Committee assembled in a multipurpose room and listened to Staff presentations on the bond process and possible projects and shared their “wish lists”, including:
• More infrastructure improvements
• A major medical facility
• A performing arts center
• A museum
• Expansion of the Trails system
• A METRO route
• Monument walls citywide
• More shopping and recreational opportunities
• Career partnerships with Houston Community College
• Continued commitment to public safety and fully-staffed Police and Fire Departments
City Council appointed members of the Committee, who represent subdivisions citywide. The homeowners will provide input and feedback on community projects that would be financed through funds approved in the 2014 mandate and determine the amount of money that will be needed.
“You will decide over the next month or so what is important to you and prioritize things to include in a bond referendum in May 2014,” Mayor Allen Owen told the group. “I think residents made the best decision three years ago with the bond issue that included the new City Centre at Quail Valley and the new Recreation and Tennis Center.” He added that “their decision has paid off because we are seeing property values all over the City going up.”
The primary sources of revenue for Missouri City are property taxes and sales taxes. Citing amenities in other nearby cities, Mayor Owen said: “While we may not have some things other nearby cities do; we have companies with 1,500 jobs that want to be in our City because we take care of our infrastructure.”
City Manager Edward Broussard also addressed the Committee and said, “we will be going on a journey and tonight is setting the stage for that process.” He also reviewed the demographics of the City, which reflect a high level of education and household incomes and a growing, diverse population.
Several City staff members guided the group through the initial process with presentations concerning the pertinent aspects of different departments. The goal was to help residents determine the types of projects needed in the City, taking into account zoning ordinances, the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 2009, the land use plan, development capacity, mobility and transportation planning, and a Parks Master Plan that is determined with citizen input.
The City’s last bond election was held in 2008 and received support from more than 72 percent of voters citywide. Prior elections were in 2003 and 1995.
For updates on the current bond committee’s progress, check the City’s website, www.missouricitytx.gov, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).