The Round Rock City Council could call the largest bond election in the city's history, as well as an election to decide two council seats and the city's next mayor, during a Feb. 9 meeting.

Council seats for places 1 and 4, as well as the Mayor's seat, would go to the voters May 6 should the resolutions calling the election be approved. Incumbents Place 1 Council Member Michelle Ly, Place 4 Council Member Frank Ortega and Mayor Craig Morgan have announced their intention to seek re-election. Greg Rabaey, former Planning and Zoning Commission vice chair, also stated that he intends to run for Place 4.

Also going to the voters May 6, if approved, would be two propositions for a total of $274 million in bond-funded projects to improve public safety infrastructure and city amenities. Proposition A, representing a $230 million investment in city parks, recreation and sports projects and facilities according to city documents, would include the following:
  • Phase 1 of a new recreation center that would house Parks and Recreation Department administrative offices;
  • An outdoor track;
  • Expansion of the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex;
  • Relocation of tennis courts located at Old Settler's Park;
  • Improvements to the Lakeview Pavilion;
  • An expansion of the Rock'N River Water Park;
  • Remodeling of the Clay Madsen Recreation Center;
  • Expansion of the Round Rock Sports Center;
  • Development of the Lawn at Brushy Creek, a potential park project near downtown Round Rock;
  • Citywide trail expansion;
  • Improvements to the city's Play For All Park;
  • Systemwide park improvements; and
  • Land acquisition, design costs, required equipment, related drainage and other related costs.
Proposition B, a potential $44 million investment in public safety infrastructure improvements and expansion, will include:
  • Improvements to the Public Safety Training Center, such as a high-speed driving track and classroom expansion;
  • Relocation of the city's central fire station;
  • Construction of two new fire stations; and
  • Land acquisition, design costs, required equipment, drainage and other costs.
If every part of the bond passes, property owners could see their tax rates increase by $0.069, although Susan Morgan, city of Round Rock chief financial officer, said the increase would be gradual, with monthly tax bill increases of $3-$4, based on the median home value of $369,000.