Missouri City places $40 million bond package on general election ballot

On Feb. 17, Missouri City City Council approved 5-2 four bond propositions to be placed on the May 10 general election ballot. The propositions total $40 million and include drainage projects, facility improvements and studies, construction of Fire Station No. 6 and several mobility improvements.

In January 2013, City Council appointed a Bond Exploratory Committee comprised of 34 Missouri City residents to assess the city's needs and recommend possible bond recommendations. The BEC met each month and worked through October, studying and discussing potential bond projects. The city held an open house in mid-October for residents to provide their own feedback and recommendations.

"Staff's goal for the BEC was to help residents determine the types of projects needed in the city based on the existing condition of infrastructure," said Cory Stottlemyer, media relations specialist with Missouri City. "Public input was essential to the process."

The $40 million bond was based on Missouri City's existing debt service and the city's capacity to sell bonds over the next 10 years.

Missouri City has about $30 million in unspent bond dollars from the 2003 and 2008 bond elections. Available bond money includes about $1.8 million in parks projects and allocations for upcoming drainage and road projects. All of the available money is earmarked for public projects in the city's capital improvement plan. Past bond elections have funded the city's Public Safety Headquarters, the construction of Buffalo Run Park, citywide road and sidewalk repairs and the city's Recreation and Tennis Center.

The approved 2014 bond propositions include:

Proposition 1—Drainage projects ($6.5 million)

Includes costs for necessary land acquisition, equipment, studies and construction of various drainage improvements throughout the city

Proposition 2—Mobility improvements ($22.8 million)

Includes costs for land acquisition, equipment, studies and construction of road, sidewalk and bridge improvements and repairs

Proposition 3—Construction of Fire Station No. 6 ($5 million)

Includes costs for land acquisition, equipment, studies and constriction of a new Missouri City fire station

Proposition 4—Facilities ($5.7 million)

Includes costs for acquiring, repairing and improving land, facilities and equipment along with a study of the city's City Hall complex and necessary repairs

Early voting for the May 10, 2014 general election runs April 28–May 6. For a sample ballot or a full list of local polling locations, visit www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

Election Day polling locations in Missouri City (May 10)

Precinct 1

Fondren Park Community Center

11800 McLain Blvd., Houston

Precinct 2

Austin Parkway Elementary School

4400 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land

Precinct 3

Lexington Creek Elementary School

2335 Dulles Ave., Missouri City

Precinct 4

Elkins High School

7007 Knights Court, Missouri City

Precinct 5

Glover Elementary School

1510 Columbia Blue Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 6

Hunters Glen Elementary School

695 Independence Blvd., Missouri City

Precinct 7

Lantern Lane Elementary School

3323 Mission Valley Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 8

Meadowcreek Clubhouse

2410 LaQuinta Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 9

Missouri City Community Center

1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City

Precinct 10

Palmer Elementary School

4208 Crow Valley Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 11

Quail Green Clubhouse

2605 Spring Place Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 12

Quail Valley East Clubhouse

2206 Turtle Creek Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 13

Quail Valley Elementary School

3500 Quail Village Drive, Missouri City

Precinct 14

Quail Valley Middle School

3019 FM 1092, Missouri City

Precinct 15

Mustang Community Center

4521 FM 521, Fresno

Precinct 16

Quail Valley Elementary School

3500 Quail Village Drive, Missouri City

Early voting locations (April 28–May 6, times vary)

Irene Stern Community Center

6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulshear

Missouri City Community Center

1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City

Fort Bend Rosenberg Annex

4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg

First Colony Conference Center

3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land

Hightower High School

3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City

Sugar Land Branch Library

550 Eldridge, Sugar Land

Four Corners Community Center

15700 Old Richmond Road, Sugar Land

James Bowie Middle School

700 Plantation Road, Richmond

Randall's

5800 New Territory Blvd., Sugar Land

Lost Creek Park

3703 Los Creek Blvd., Sugar Land

Sugar Land City Hall

2700 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land

Richmond Water Maintenance Facility

110 N. Eighth St., Richmond

Sienna Branch Library

8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City

Fort Bend ISD Administration Building

16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land

Willowridge High School

16301 Chimney Rock, Houston

Meadows Place City Hall

One Troyan Drive, Meadows Place

Stafford City Hall

2610 Main St., Stafford

Fort Bend County Road and Bridge

3743 School St., Needville

Stafford MSD Administration Building

1625 Staffordshire Road, Stafford



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