Seven area chambers of commerce announce support for Williamson County roads and parks bond

Seven area chambers of commerce announced support for the proposed Williamson County roads and parks bond.

Seven area chambers of commerce announced support for the proposed Williamson County roads and parks bond.

Seven area chambers of commerce pledged support Oct. 22 for the proposed $447 million Williamson County roads and parks bond in front of the Williamson County Courthouse.

Members of the Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Liberty Hill, Pflugerville, Round Rock and Taylor chambers of commerce also encouraged voters to vote in favor of the bond stating that each organization recognized the importance of investments in transportation and community amenities for the growing county.

“These organization represent thousands of business and hundreds of thousands of employees here in Williamson County,” said Jason Ball, Round Rock Chamber President and CEO. “This is a major contingent of our business base and our economic base.”

The $447 million bond is split into two propositions: a $412 million bond proposition for roads and a $35 million bond proposition for parks.

David Hays, Round Rock Chamber Board Chair, who also chaired the citizens bond committee that recommended the election, said it is the purpose of the chambers to help investors and the business community succeed in a growing economy.

Williamson County currently has a population of about 600,000 and is projected to hit 1 million in 2035, Hays said.

“As the population continues to grow, so does the need to ensure adequate infrastructure and open space,” Hays said. “We have to proactively address these important quality of life issues if we are going to continue to grow—continue to attract the best businesses that provide a high quality of life to our community.”

Georgetown Chamber President and CEO Jim Johnson and Cedar Park Chamber President and CEO Tony Moline said transportation is a vital part of addressing continued growth seen throughout the county, with a particular effect on businesses.

“The chamber believes transportation plays a key role in the decision making process with regards to ease of access and the flow of goods in and out of our community,” Moline said. “The continuous improvement of transportation will impact the quality employment opportunities of the future.”

For a quick refresher on the county bond propositions, click here.

Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Williamson County voters can cast ballots at any location within the county. Here is where the early voting polls are located.
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By Ali Linan

Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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