McKinney committee will recommend City Council consider $350 million bond election in May

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A committee in McKinney will recommend the city consider asking voters to approve about $350 million worth of bond projects this spring.

The recommendation comes from an executive committee made up of McKinney’s five bond committees that met to discuss the proposal Jan. 9. The recommendation will be presented to the city council on Jan. 15.

The proposed $350 million in bonds would be divided into five areas: $91 million for McKinney parks and recreation, $100 million for transportation, $75 million for public safety, $50 million for a new Municipal Community Complex and $34 million for a new public works facility.

The bond is needed to help the city grow in the most effective way possible, Mayor George Fuller said.

Initial discussions during a city budget work session in August had tallied about $450 million worth of projects. Those included the Apex Center’s need for expansion, a new McKinney Senior Center and a new Municipal Community Complex.

Fuller and mayor pro tem Tracy Rath, who are both on the executive bond committee, said the recommendation has been lowered because they believe the city could pursue other avenues of funding on some projects.

The committee’s recommendation is still subject to change, and examples of projects will likely be added to the bond committee’s presentation when it goes before the city council on Jan. 15, according to city staff.

Council must decide on a bond election no later than Feb. 15 for the proposal to be placed on the May 4 ballot.

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Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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