Lewisville voters approve $95M bond measure for new public safety complex

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This rendering shows one possible design for the new police station that will be built along Main Street in Lewisville. (Rendering courtesy city of Lewisville)

This rendering shows one possible design for the new police station that will be built along Main Street in Lewisville. (Rendering courtesy city of Lewisville)

Updated at 4:40 p.m. Nov. 3: This story has been updated to include a comment from Mayor TJ Gilmore.

Final voting results released Nov. 2 show Lewisville voters passed a $95 million bond measure to build a new public safety complex.

Results showed 78.94% of votes in favor of the bond measure and 21.06% against with all precincts reporting.

The city plans to replace its aging police and fire facilities along Main Street and Valley Parkway. The estimated $96.7 million project will be funded by the bond package as well as $1.7 million from the 2015 bond that was approved but not yet spent, according to city officials.

Included in the project is a new police headquarters, a new fire administration building, a new Central Fire Station and a parking structure. The 116,000-square-foot complex will be more than three times the size of the existing facilities at the site.


Mayor TJ Gilmore said historically low bond rates and the rising cost of materials motivated officials to put the bond measure before voters. He said its passage shows that residents are committed to supporting city services.

"It shows a lot of trust in our our city governance," Gilmore said. "We are really excited to see that our residents felt this was something that was needed."

Gilmore said the process for constructing the new facilities starts now.

"All of that begins rolling immediately," he said. "We will start getting the designs filled out and looking for a bid on materials."

The $95 million bond measure will not increase the city's property tax rate, according to city officials.

All election results are unofficial until canvassed.

Visit Community Impact Newspaper's online Voter Guide for all local election results in your community.

Erick Pirayesh contributed to this report.
By Valerie Wigglesworth
Valerie has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She is currently managing editor for DFW Metro for Community Impact Newspaper.


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