McKinney City Council talks potential projects for proposed $350 million city bond


A McKinney bond committee recommends the city approve $350 million worth of bond projects to be on the election ballot in May at the Jan. 15 council meeting.

This request comes from the city’s executive bond committee, made up of McKinney’s five bond committees, which have compiled a list of potential projects to be funded by the proposed bond.

Council is in support of the recommendation and plans to approve it Feb. 5 at the next council meeting, City Council Member Scott Elliott said.

The proposed $350 million in bonds would be divided into five areas, including:

McKinney parks and recreation ($91 million)
• McKinney Senior Recreation Center improvements
• Apex Center expansion
• athletic field improvements
• Community Park improvements
• future land acquisitions.

Transportation ($100 million)
• arterial roadway expansion
• roadway construction and reconstruction
• traffic signal improvements

Public safety ($75 million)
• 100,000-square-foot expansion to McKinney Public Safety facility
• new vehicle parking structure
• land acquisition for future fire stations
• security upgrades
• accessibility improvements
• lighting improvement projects
• Town Center infrastructure improvements

New Municipal Community Complex ($50 million)
• new facility to house multiple city departments

New public works facility ($34 million)
• new fleet maintenance facility
• new fuel station
• new vehicle wash station
• new public works warehouse
• new traffic engineering facilities
• new park maintenance facilities
• site work and paving

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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  1. So nothing on public transportation or extended services to the homeless? Unlike the most recent homeless census, which didn’t go to where the homeless are, we do have homelessness in this city. There are real needs that we should address.

    In that aspect, we are not unique by nature and the Samaritan Inn, which does an amazing job, only scratches the surface. When will McKinney publicly acknowledge this and commit resources to ending homelessness and not pretend it doesn’t exist? We need real solutions and not just platitudes.

    As far as public transportation is concerned, DART rail won’t come to McKinney until we have public transportation in the city. Would anyone else ride DART if there was a station in McKinney?

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