According to unofficial results on Nov.3, Pflugerville voters rejected a $10.7 million bond proposition for a new city animal shelter with 2,200 votes, or 53 percent, against the measure and 1,941 votes, or 47 percent, in favor of it.
Voters passed a $9.5 million bond for improvements to Weiss Lane with 2,579 votes, or 63.3 percent, compared to 1,499 votes, or 36.7 percent, against.
Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman said an animal shelter proposition can not legally appear on a city bond election again for at least three years, but that he intends to prioritize animal shelter needs in the coming months.
"I think what [the bond election results] tell us is there are a lot of people in our community who feel we need to do something with the animal shelter but also a lot of people thought it was too much money," he said. "It's the city council's responsibility to go back to the drawing table and figure out reasonable financial fixes for the shelter that will appease both these groups of people in our community."
Pflugerville resident Barbara Woodworth, who said she supported the animal shelter bond proposition, said she is disappointed at the outcome, but hopeful that the bond election drew more attention to the issue.
“While we’re sad to have lost the bond election I think we really won by raising awareness of the animal shelter," Woodworth said. "We hope the city still intends to put money towards fixing the animal shelter and we do thank all of those who voted yes or no and ask the citizens to pull together to support the shelter and find an alternate solution.”
The Weiss Lane bond proposition is the second Weiss Lane bond Pflugerville voters passed in as many years. A 2014 bond item supported safety improvements on Weiss, including turn lanes. Pflugerville resident Melody Ryan, who chaired the bond committee, said she believes there are other transportation projects the city should prioritize.
"I’m disappointed that our property taxes are going to a road that already has enough money to fix what is the issue at this time, the turn lanes and the safety," she said. "We could be improving many other roads.”
Ryan said the bond committee recommended a less expensive animal shelter than the one that appeared on the Nov. 3 ballot and hopes the bond proposition price tag won't deter residents from supporting future animal shelter projects.
Posted Nov. 3 at 7:23 p.m.
According to unofficial voting results Nov. 3, Pflugerville early voters narrowly rejected a $10.7 million bond proposition for a new city animal shelter with 797 votes, or 49.9 percent, for the shelter and 801 votes, or 50.1 percent, against it.
Early voting results also show support for $9.5 million in improvements to Weiss Lane with 992 votes, or 63.3 percent, for the measure and 576 votes, or 36.7 percent, against it.
The animal shelter proposition, which received mixed reviews from the Pflugerville mayor and City Council as well as residents, was based off designs by architecture firm Quorum. Preliminary designs showed a 28,800-square-foot facility that included a vet clinic and police substation. City staff said the current animal shelter is an older structure that does not meet state regulations.
The Weiss Lane bond item proposed expanding Weiss—from Kelly Lane to the Wilbarger Creek bridge—into a four-lane divided road with curbs and drainage gutters, City Engineer Dan Franz said. South of Pflugerville Parkway, the project would allow for future expansion to six lanes, he said.
Since calling the bond election in July, Pflugerville City Council approved two major projects off Weiss Lane: a $4.3 million property for a city athletic complex and two municipal utility districts that will allow for the development of the Carmel residential complex, slated to include more than 2,300 homes.
In Pflugerville's 2014 bond election voters approved more than $50 million in projects, marking the largest bond election in the city’s history.
All results are unofficial until canvassed.