League City City Council canvasses May 4 election results

With a light agenda, the League City City Council on May 14 canvassed the May 4 election results.

On election day, League City voters overwhelmingly approved three propositions to address several drainage and traffic mobility projects. Two propositions were to sell a total of $145 million in bonds for the projects, and the third was to increase the city’s sales tax rate 0.25 cents per $1 to help fund such projects without increasing property tax rates.

“We know drainage and roads were a major concern to our citizens,” Mayor Pat Hallisey said.

City Manager John Baumgartner said the city has already started designing some projects and that three or four project designs will be on the City Council’s next agenda. The city’s goal is to get projects completed as quickly as possible, he said.

Proposition A, which calls for $73 million in bonds to fund drainage projects, passed with 67.71% voting in favor, and Proposition B, which allocates $72 million in bonds toward road projects, passed with 64.35% of votes in favor. Proposition C, the sales tax rate increase, also passed with 61.74% voting in favor.

Hallisey said he was happy to see strong support for all three propositions.

“I can’t remember in all the years I’ve been here that I’ve seen a vote of 65% or better,” he said.

Council Member Nick Long thanked city staff for the effort through town halls and meetings with residents to make sure the public was aware of the election and the propositions.

“Staff did a great job. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” said Hallisey, who also thanked the council members for their work in promoting the election and propositions.

One resident spoke to say this was the first time he has voted in favor of a sales tax rate increase because it will go toward specific projects to benefit the city now.

“This was direct democracy in action,” he said.

Drainage project proponent and League City resident Marika Fuller thanked staff for the bonds.

“Now we are very, very eager to see the solutions,” she said.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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