Voters approve all propositions in Leander bond election

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Updated 10:05 p.m. May 7

Williamson County unofficial results show voters approved all four bond propositions included in the city of Leander’s bond election.

• Proposition 1, roadway projects, was approved with 67.36 percent of votes, or 877 votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 32.64 percent of votes, or 425 votes.

• Proposition 2, park projects, was approved with 61.43 percent of votes, or 798 votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 38.57 percent of votes, or 501 votes.

• Proposition 3, recreation center, was approved with 53.05 percent of votes, or 687 votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 46.95 percent of votes, or 608 votes.

• Proposition 4, senior center, was approved with 58.15 percent of votes, or 753 votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 41.85 percent of votes, or 542 votes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted at 7:30 p.m. May 7

According to unofficial early voting results May 7, voters are approving all four propositions included in the city of Leander’s bond election.

• Proposition 1, roadway projects: Williamson County voters approved Prop. 1 with 469 votes, or 67.48 percent of votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 32.52 percent of votes, or 226 votes.

• Proposition 2, park projects: Williamson County voters approved Prop. 2 with 417 votes, or 60.26  percent of votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 39.74 percent of votes, or 275 votes.

• Proposition 3, recreation center: Williamson County voters approved Prop. 2 with 363 votes, or 52.46 percent of votes. Voters against the proposition comprised 47.54 percent of votes, or 329 votes.

• Proposition 4, senior center: Williamson County voters approved Prop. 4 with 404 votes, or 58.38 percent of votes. Voters against the proposition comprised of 41.62  percent of voters, or 288 votes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Background
On Feb. 18, Leander City Council members called for a bond election with four propositions totaling $70,927,644 in projects.

• Proposition 1: Transportation projects totaling $22,468,244 include improvements to Metro Drive, Raider Way and East Woodview Drive, a streetscape project on North Brushy Street, East Street, San Gabriel Parkway, and West South Street at the South West Street intersection.

• Proposition 2: Parks projects totaling $26,274,000 include improvements and new park projects at the Benbrook Ranch baseball complex, Bledsoe Park synthetic turf fields, Brushy Creek Trail/Hero Way Spur, East Crystal Falls Parkway median landscaping, Lakewood Community Park, Mason Creek Trail, parkland acquisition, South San Gabriel River Park, South San Gabriel River trail and Veterans Park.

• Proposition 3: A recreation center, such as a YMCA, for $18 million would be built. This proposition includes the design and construction of a recreation center. The location for the facility has not yet been determined.

• Proposition 4: A senior center would be constructed for $4,185,400. The project includes the design and construction for a 18,500-square-foot facility and would be built on city-owned land adjacent to the Public Works Yard on Municipal Drive. The existing senior center would relocate from Bagdad Road and free up the land for future development. This project would be a collaboration among the city, Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities and a private investor.

For detailed information about each proposition, visit www.leandertx.gov/citysecretary/page/elections.

In February, Kent Cagle, Leander’s city manager, said if all propositions pass, the city plans to pay for the increased debt with “new growth in the tax base.” He cited new homes and businesses in the area and said increasing sales tax will help with the increased debt, which will be issued throughout seven years to help “minimize the impact on the tax rate and give the tax base more opportunity to grow.”

Leander’s bond committee members began discussing potential projects in October and approved a finalized list to present to council Jan. 26.

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After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lyndsey began working as a reporter for the Northwest Austin edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2012. During her time as a reporter, she has covered Round Rock ISD, health care in the Austin metro area and Austin Community College. She was promoted to editor of the Cedar Park| Leander edition in 2015 and covers city and education news, including Leander ISD.
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