By Betsy Dolan
The City of Sugar Land is considering putting a bond election before voters in November that would include four quality of life projects. The maximum bond amount is $50 million.
The City Council held a workshop on January 2 to review funding scenarios and to discuss the formation and scope for a future Citizens Bond Committee.
The initial proposal calls for funding support for four projects: hiking/biking trails, a new community park in Telfair, the Brazos River Park Phase 2 and festival site. The projects would be completed within seven years.
The last bond election held by the City of Sugar Land was in 1999. All of the projects from that bond election have been completed including the Imperial Park Recreation Center which opened this summer.
With the construction of Constellation Field and the impending construction of a performing arts venue, all of the authorized uses approved by voters in 1999 and 2008 have been successfully accomplished, according to the City of Sugar Land’s web site.
The bond package being considered would only include residents “wants”. Funding for ongoing operations and maintenance as well as rehabilitation of streets, drainage, sidewalks, water and wastewater facilities, and existing parks will be addressed through the existing capacity in the City’s tax rate.