Frisco calls for $345M bond, charter elections in May


Frisco City Council voted Feb. 5 to call for three elections this May: a $345 million bond election, a special charter amendment election and a general election for council candidates.

The elections will take place May 4.

Bond election

The five propositions for the bond election total $345 million.

The propositions are as follows:

  • $62.5 million to expand, renovate and add new police and fire department facilities;
  • $155 million for roads;
  • $12 million for improving the public works facility;
  • $62 million to relocate the public library; and
  • $53.5 million for parks.

The library relocation would include renovating the Beal Building located next to the Frisco Discovery Center at 8000 Dallas Parkway. The renovation would allow the library to move out of City Hall and have a larger space.

Frisco Public Library Director Shelley Holley said in a previous story the existing library space is not large enough to meet the demand for Frisco’s population.

“We are at the point now where we are running through reports and wondering, ‘How are we going to keep the books on the shelves?’” Holley said. “There are days when we don’t have enough seats to fit the amount of people who come in. There are not enough table spots and not enough books.”

The parks proposition is planned to fund the first phase of a sports complex on parkland near the future University of North Texas branch campus.

Charter election

The city charter election includes 24 propositions. Some propositions suggest removing obsolete items from the city charter. Others are updating sections of the charter.

For instance, Proposition 1 is asking voters whether residents interested in running for City Council should be required to pay a $200 filing fee or obtain a petition with signatures from qualified Frisco voters in order to be placed on the ballot. Proposition 2 is suggesting the compensation for the mayor and City Council members should be increased.

The city is required to review the charter every six years, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said.

General election

Places 2 and 4 are up for election on Frisco City Council. Shona Huffman and Bill Woodard hold Places 2 and 4, respectively, and both have filed for re-election. Stephanie Cleveland is running against Woodard for Place 4.

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Lindsey Juarez
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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