$750 million transportation-heavy bond referendum to appear on Nov. 6 ballots for Collin County voters

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Collin County Commissioners unanimously called for a $750 million bond referendum to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot during an Aug. 20 meeting.

Commissioners called for three propositions including:

  • A) $600 million for limited-access roadway, or LAR, projects;
  • B) $140 million for arterial roads, including the reconstruction and rehabilitation of arterial roads;
  • and C) $10 million for open space and parks.

Commissioner Duncan Webb said this bond election is not expected to affect the county’s overall tax rate.

Proposition A will be general funding for projects, which could include US 380, the Collin County Outer Loop and a north-south corridor, Webb told Community Impact Newspaper in a previous interview.

According to county documents, Proposition A will be used to construct non-tolled, high-speed highways and freeways throughout the county and related service and frontage roads.

Proposition B will be used to construct, improve and maintain roads and bridges throughout Collin County, including the acquisition of land and rights-of-way, according to county documents.

According to county documents, Proposition C will be used for acquiring and improving land for park and open space purposes, including county-city projects.

Commissioners voiced support for the bond election in April, with the cities of McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Farmersville and Anna and the town of Prosper in support, but no formal vote was taken at that time.

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

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  1. Mike Sunderland

    From the article: “Commissioner Duncan Webb said this bond election is not expected to affect the county’s overall tax rate.” So…No.

  2. I just read the letter of the three propositions and they all say: “The issuance of xxx bonds for (…) and the levy of a tax in payment thereof”

    So, you may very well take Commissioner Duncan Webb’s word, but that’s not in writing. Maybe the “rate” doesn’t go up as he says, maybe the plan is for the rate to stay flat and use the extra revenue generated by the increase in property values to pay for the new taxes. If that’s the plan, it’d be interesting to see what happens if the increase in home values ends, since our market just cooled off considerably

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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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