Hays County commissioners call for $237.8 million bond propositions for November ballot

A bond that could make its way on to the November ballot would build a new county law-enforcement center near the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos.

A bond that could make its way on to the November ballot would build a new county law-enforcement center near the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos.

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The Hays County Commissioners Court approved on Tuesday a bond package totaling $237.8 million that would address transportation projects and public safety facilities throughout the county—including renovating the existing Hays County Jail at 1307 Uhland Road, San Marcos, as well as new law-enforcement and co-located communications centers near the Hays County Government Center at 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos.

Proposition 1 will construct the public safety facilities at a total cost of $106.4 million. Proposition 2 will construct improvements and expansions to roads throughout the county at a cost of $131.4 million. The two propositions total $237.8 million.

County spokesperson Laureen Chernow said the county plans to begin working on an intensive public education campaign to inform voters of what the two propositions would accomplish.

The following roads were included in the final Prop. 2 package:

Precinct 1 - CR 266 corridor improvements - $2 million
Pct. 1 - Dacy Lane widening - $10 million
Pct. 1 - FM 110 at SH 123 intersection improvements - $1 million
Pct. 1 - FM 621 safety improvements - $3.5 million
Pct. 1 - SH 21 at FM 1966 safety improvements - $800,000
Pct. 1 - SH 21 South corridor improvements and right of way preservation - $3.5 million
Pct. 1 - SH 80 at Military intersection improvements - $1 million
Pct. 2 - Dacy Lane widening - $10 million
Pct. 2 - FM 2001 gap - $9.1 million
Pct. 2 - Hillside Terrace safety improvements and right of way - $2.6 million
Pct. 2 - FM 967 safety turn lanes - $5.9 million
Pct. 2 - Robert S. Light extension/Buda truck bypass right of way - $6.2 million
Pct. 2 - Union Pacific Railroad siding relocation - $1.5 million
Pct. 3 - Centerpoint Road safety improvements and right of way preservation - $1.5 million
Pct. 3 - Fischer Store Road at FM 2325 safety improvements - $1.5 million
Pct. 3 - FM 3237 safety improvements - $14 million
Pct. 3 - Lime Kiln Road safety improvements - $1.5 million
Pct. 3 - McCarty expansion right of way preservation from I-35 to Hunter Road- $1.5 million
Pct. 3 - Winters Mill safety at RM 3237 and RR 12 - $1.5 million
Pct. 4 - Darden Hill widening and turn lanes - $1.5 million
Pct. 4 - Lime Kiln Road safety improvements - $1.5 million
Pct. 4 - Realignment of FM 150 (From 1-35/Yarrington Road to FM 150 at FM 3237) - $11.8 million
Pct. 4 - Hwy. 290 West safety improvements - $4 million
Pct. 4 - Hwy. 290 West widening, environmental and right of way - $2 million

Prop. 2 also includes two "buckets" of money to go toward various improvements to roads throughout the county. Those buckets include:

Drainage/low water crossings/bridge replacements, environmental mitigation/conservation and non-motorized transportation - $22.5 million
Safety/mobility/(county and state system) match - $10 million


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