Collin County residents will see a $683 million bond package on the Nov. 7 ballot.

County commissioners unanimously approved placing five propositions on the ballot during an Aug. 14 meeting.

The bond includes five measures with the largest at $380 million dedicated to roads and county transportation projects. The county animal shelter and detention center are among other items up for improvements.

The details

Proposition A includes $261.86 million for justice facility projects, such as:
  • The completion of the Adult Detention Center infirmary expansion and renovation project along with the jail kitchen
  • Russel A. Steindam Courts Building expansion to add 12 courtrooms and office suites as well as a 400-plus-vehicle garage
  • Juvenile justice construction of an additional housing cluster as well as the relocation and expansion of the Plano Juvenile Probation Office
The timeline varies per project, according to an Aug. 7 presentation.

Proposition B includes $5.7 million for the county’s animal shelter.

Renovations would include the construction of a one-story, 10,000-square-foot addition attached to the north side of the existing animal shelter building. This addition would include:
  • Four kennel runs
  • A cat quarantine room and sick bay
  • A clinic room with two surgery bays
  • Office and storage areas
  • Education and meeting rooms
The construction is estimated to be complete by February 2027, according to the presentation.

Proposition C includes $13.36 million for a medical examiner’s office. The project would include the construction of a one-story, 20,000-square-foot facility. The building would include:
  • Family meeting rooms
  • Administration and shared office area
  • Autopsy complex
  • Address: 2300 Bloomdale Road, McKinney
The project would be partially funded by American Rescue Plan Act funds of nearly $4 million. Construction will take nearly three years to complete with an estimated August 2025 completion, according to the presentation.

Proposition D encompasses $22.45 million for parks and open spaces throughout the county. The bond could:
  • Provide $20 million in funding to cities and other organizations on a matched basis for the development of parks and open space
  • Use $2.45 million for selected construction and renovation at the Myers Park and Event Center
Proposition E would dedicate $380 million for various road projects. This includes:
  • Rebuilding county roads that are projected to be overloaded
  • Development of regional corridor roadways
  • Development of the Outer Loop
  • Additional funding for US 380
  • Regular contribution to Texas Department of Transportation projects
  • City thoroughfare improvements
What they’re saying

Several Collin County residents spoke during the Aug. 14 meeting’s public comment in support of the bond, specifically the proposition for animal shelter funds.

The backstory

A planning board prepared the bond propositions, which were presented to commissioners Aug. 7.

Collin County last called a bond election in 2018, which was approved. The $750 million bond package funded the construction and expansion of high-speed roadways and arterial roads along with open space and park projects.

Discussions regarding a Nov. 7 bond date back to February, when commissioners voted to move forward with bond discussions.

Looking ahead

Collin County residents will see the bond on the Nov. 7 ballot. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 10. Early voting will start Oct. 23.