Hutto City Council officially calls November bond elections during meeting Thursday

Hutto residents will vote on a combined $125 million worth of bond proposals this November after the City Council voted to move forward with three separate proposal packages Thursday night.

The largest chunk of proposed general obligation, or GO, bond funds is earmarked to go to roadway projects.

However, the majority of conversation throughout the night was centered around a $50 million GO bond proposal for parks and recreation improvements that include plans for a multisports complex.

Several residents Thursday provided public comment in support of the parks and recreational facilities bond proposition, citing apparent insufficient field space to meet the demands of local baseball, softball and soccer organizations.

"We know we are way behind on our fields. It is disheartening to hear we’re turning away children who want to play here," Hutto City Council Member Patti Turner said.

Proposition C — the bond concerning parks and recreation funds — does not explicitly outline sports complex funding, although concept plans for a complex have been previewed at previous meetings. The proposition language additionally outlines allowances for funding for parks projects across the city.

Council Member Terri Grimm mentioned using the bond funds for parks projects, such as splash pads, playground equipment and shade structures.

Roadway and drainage improvements account for the largest share of the proposals with the city asking for voters to approve $70 million in GO bond funds.

Those funds will go to improvements and construction on "streets, roads and intersections at FM 1660 North and Limmer Loop, FM 1660 at US 79, FM 1660 South, and Front Street and other roads," per city documents.

"That [construction] is going to make a huge impact on peoples' commutes," Hutto City Council Member Scott Rose said.

Portions of the Proposition A GO bond funds will go toward alleviating drainage problems, per city officials.

Hutto City Council in July approved several updated master plan documents for the city including an updated Mobility Master Plan. Council also recently passed the city’s first Drainage Master Plan.

A third GO bond proposition earmarks $5 million for a communications facility for the Hutto Police Department.

Plans for the facility—as outlined in the proposition text—include planning, designing, constructing, purchasing, renovating, repairing, replacing, improving, expanding and equipping the communications facility with audio and visual technology and related software or hardware.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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