McKinney City Council calls for $350 million bond election, changes to city charter

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The city of McKinney called for a $350 million bond election as well as a city charter election at a council meeting on Feb. 5.

The bond and charter amendment will be placed on the May 4 general election ballot. Council hopes voters will approve ballot items, including expenses related to roads, parks and public safety, a new public works facility and a new municipal complex. In addition, the proposed charter amendment would make it easier for residents to trigger a city member recall election.

City Bond

The approved bond includes $350 million worth of bond projects to 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

Early voting opens April 22 and election day is May 4.

City Charter

Council approved to place an charter amendment on the election ballot, which would ease the requirements that prompt a city recall election.

Under the proposed amendment, a recall petition would need signatures from at least 30 percent of the total number of voters who cast ballots in the last regular municipal election, provided, that the petition contains at least 1,000 signatures. The city’s current charter requires signatures from at least 25 percent of the total number of voters who cast ballots in the last regular municipal election, provided, that the petition contains the signatures of at least 15 percent of qualified voters. The proposed amendment means fewer signatures will be needed in a recall petition.

The proposed amendment would also give residents 45 days to collect signatures as opposed to 30 days required under the current charter.

All council members voted in favor of the charter amendment, with the exception of councilman La’Shadion Shemwell.

“I have some reservations on letting 2-percent, or less than 2-percent, of residents dictate the leaders of the city,” Shemwell said.

Recall process

  • Council calls for charter election Feb. 5
  • Residents vote on charter May 4
  • If charter amendment is approved, residents can collect signatures
  • If enough signatures are valid, a recall election would be held in November
  • If council member is recalled, he or she could run in the May 2020 election to fill seat; seat would remain empty until after the May 2020 election

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  1. McKinney, Texas’s estimated population is 181,330 according to the most recent United States census estimates. The proposed amendment requires that the petition contains at least 1,000 signatures.
    That is actually only .5%.
    Not “2-percent.”

    If councilman La’Shadion Shemwell struggles with such basic math, do I really want him representing me and my district?

  2. Mike Hunthertz

    HOw about taking care of the massive amount of HOMELESS people that are popping up everywhere in Mckinney? I see those poor people under the bridges on 75 each day. I’m out of work but I hand them money each day so they can get some food.. Mckinney has become a shithole the past 2 years RENTS going up due to Greedy city council pushing agendas and forcing people onto the streets..

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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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