Collin County Commissioners in support of potential $671 million transportation bond election in November


Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include support from the city of Farmersville as Mayor Diane Piwko also spoke at the meeting.

Collin County Commissioners voiced support for a November bond election during Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.

Discussions centered around potentially calling for a $671 million bond election used for county transportation projects. While a specific dollar amount has not been determined, commissioners said they hope to determine that number among other details at another meeting in two weeks.

Clarence Daugherty, Collin County’s director of engineering, said he can get defined numbers in two weeks, with the understanding that the bond total will still be a rough guess at this point. In order to have the bond appear on the November ballot, commissioners are required to call for an election no later than Aug. 20.

Commissioners said the intent is for the majority of funding—80 percent—to be used for limited-access roadways, or freeways, with the remaining 20 percent used for principal arterial roadways and other thoroughfares. Funding for open space in the form of parks and trails was also mentioned as a possibility for the bond, but no specific funding amount was discussed.

For the principal arterial roadways, rather than determining specific projects to work on and how much funding to allocate to each project in advance of calling for the bond, as done with the 2007 bond, commissioners said they would like to determine projects on a yearly basis and see cities present projects to commissioners court with a funding match already allocated. From there, commissioners would decide whether or not to support projects and provide additional funding.

Commissioners have yet to determine guidelines for city’s submitting projects, including what percent funding match will be required.

The cities of McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Farmersville and Anna and the town of Prosper spoke in support of a November bond election during the meeting.

In June 2017, commissioners discussed calling for a transportation bond election but no formal vote was taken.

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  1. Not sure i like the idea of that kind of money going into an undirected fund where cities can propoee projects for consideration. If the need is not yet identified, then wait until it is and then come to the residents and propose the bond to fund it. This sounds a lot like ” we need to pass the bill so that we can then read it” as an approach to county funding. How are we supposed to measure success of the spending of funds when there is not yet a plan for their use?

    • I agree this is just like writing a blank check and signing it and telling your kids to just fill it out. I say we all wait till we have it on paper as to wear ALL the money is going. We have been burned before

  2. Dennis Frailey

    As a senior citizen, I am becoming quite concerned about the paucity of public transportation in Collin County. My doctor indicates that I may soon be unable to drive at night and the day will come before long when I can no longer drive at all. Furthermore, because enforcement of traffic laws seems to be at the bottom of the priority list for local law enforcement, it is sometimes terrifying to drive on some of our highways due to the irresponsible drivers who tailgate, weave in an out of lanes, cut you off, and go at greatly excessive speeds. I for one would like to see more public transportation as part of this bond election before I’m willing to support it. And if you really want my vote, include funds for better traffic law enforcement.

  3. Saundra Sillaway

    How much money does the state and county collect from gasoline taxes? That is what is supposed to pay for roads.In most communities the land developers pay for roads as well. My favorite store , Costco, is building near 380 and Hardy, they are getting money for building a store which will make them a lot of money.What is the logic of allowing the richest franchise in the world, the Cowboys ,to get off with out paying school taxes to Frisco isd? Buffet of Hathaway fame got tax incentives to build in the Colony.Another very wealthy person. I do not begrudge them their money , but he should not get our tax money.. Really, shame on them!
    To be part of the DART system of public transport ,you give them one percent of your sales tax revenue. Plano did but Frisco gave too many perks to their business developers and went over the sales tax maximum.
    If we want transportation , the sales tax , while regressive , is easier to take than bonds . Interest rates are going up.

Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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