Harris County's four bond proposals pass with overwhelming voter support

Updated 10:15 p.m. 

Harris County voters overwhelmingly showed their support for the county's $848 million in bond proposals. All four propositions received support of at least 61 percent of voters in the Nov. 3 election with more than 82 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

"The vote is a confirmation of what the people in the precinct have been saying, and that is that transportation, mobility and infrastructure are their priorities for our local government to get behind and to work hard to provide the very best we can in the region," Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle said. "This is what people care about, and when you have this large of an outpouring of support in a community, I think it just shows that what we have heard is correct."

Proposition 1, which will provide $700 million in road projects countywide, received 260,105 votes, or 73.42 percent. The proposal includes $60 million for the maintenance of aging infrastructure in older neighborhoods, such as those along FM 1960. Harris County's unincorporated population grew by 74 percent from 2000-14 while county road miles grew by only 40 percent over that time, county officials said.

Cagle said the proposition will be critical to accommodating growth across the county but will also help improve the quality of life for residents by addressing their daily commutes.

"People come here because they can make a living here, and they also come to live among us because it’s a good place to be," Cagle said. "By enabling us to continue the process of providing the infrastructure that our communities need so they can get around, we’re going to improve the quality of life."

Voters also approved Propositions 2, 3 and 4, which received 63.55 percent, 61.71 percent and 74.35 percent of the votes, respectively. Proposition 2 will provide $60 million for parks and trails with each precinct in the county receiving $15 million, while Proposition 3 provides $24 million for the expansion of the county's animal shelter and Proposition 4 funds $64 million to the Harris County Flood Control District for flood mitigation projects. The bond referendums are going to be paid down over seven years and will not lead to a property tax rate increase, county officials said.

"It’s a seven-year draw down, and it’s going to begin immediately so we can begin he process of building step by step to improve the neighborhoods," Cagle said. "We’ll have that funding source over the next seven years that will aid us as we continue to try to do the job we need to do."
All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:20 p.m.

Early Harris County voters have shown overwhelming support for the county's $848 million in bond referendums on the ballot Nov. 3. With early voting totals released, all four bond proposals saw support by more than 60 percent of early voters.

Proposition 1, which would provide $700 million to road projects across the county, received support from 133,930 early and absentee voters, or 73.3 percent.  The proposal includes $60 million for the maintenance of aging infrastructure in older neighborhoods, such as those along FM 1960.

Harris County's unincorporated population grew by 74 percent from 2000-14 while county road miles grew by only 40 percent over that time, county officials said.

Early and absentee voters also showed support for Proposition 2, which would provide $60 million for parks and trails with each precinct in the county receiving $15 million. The parks bond garnered support from 111,050 early and absentee voters, or 62.83 percent.

Proposition 3, which would provide $24 million for a new animal shelter is passing by the slimmest margin based on early and absentee ballots, with 107,332 Harris County residents showing their support for the animal shelter expansion, or 62.83 percent.

Meanwhile Proposition 4 garnered 73.77 percent of the early and absentee votes, or 131,683 total votes. The bond proposal would provided $64 million to the Harris County Flood Control District for flood mitigation projects.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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