UPDATE: Harris County early voters show support for $1.5 billion in city of Houston bonds

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City/County Updates
Updated at 10:25 p.m. on Nov. 7

Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses the voter approval of $1.5 billion in city of Houston bonds that address issues, such as unfunded pension liabilities and additional funding for parks.



Updated at 10:05 p.m. on Nov. 7

The city of Houston's six propositions totaling more than $1.5 billion in bonds passed Nov. 7. The measures are expected to address issues ranging from unfunded pension liabilities to additional funding for parks. With early and absentee votes counted in addition to 79 percent of precincts reporting, all six propositions have received voter support from Harris County residents.

Proposition A
The ballot read: "The issuance of $1,010,000,000 pension obligation bonds for the purpose of funding a portion of the unfunded liability of the city with respect to the Houston Police Officers' Pension System and the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System as contemplated by the pension reform plan contained in Senate Bill 2190 [adopted in the 85th Texas Legislature, regular session), and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon."

With 65,854 votes, 77 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of the bond, while 19,549 or 23 percent, voted against it.

Proposition B
The ballot read: "The issuance of $159,000,000 public safety improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of public safety permanent improvements for the police, and fire departments and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon."

With 64,504 votes, 75 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition B, while 21,108, or 25 percent, voted against it.

Proposition C
The ballot read: "The issuance of $104,000,000 park improvement bonds for the conservation, improvement, acquisition, construction and equipment of neighborhood parks, recreational facilities and bayous, including such green spaces along all bayous to create an integrated system of bayou walking, running and bicycle trails to enhance, preserve and protect the health of citizens, water quality, natural habitat and native wildlife and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon."

With 64,195 votes, 75 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of the proposition, while 21,492, or 25 percent, voted against it.

Proposition D
The ballot read: "The issuance of $109,000,000 public facility improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, remediation and equipment of permanent improvements that support public health and wellness, sanitation and other essential governmental and general services of the city and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon."

With 63,148 votes, 74 percent of early voters cast their ballots in favor of the proposition, while 22,300, or 26 percent, voted against it.

Proposition E
The ballot read: "The issuance of $123,000,000 library improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of the public library system, and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon."

With 61,650 votes, 72 percent of early voters cast their ballots in favor of the proposition, while 23,451, or 28 percent, voted against it.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.