After much deliberation, on Aug. 12 the Friendswood City Council decided on a total for a proposed bond election, as well as totals for six individual propositions. The proposition totals voted on were discussed at the Aug. 5 meeting, with one difference. At the Aug. 12 meeting, council unanimously voted to place a drainage proposition price of $41 million on the ballot; council members Steve Rockey and John Scott had previously opposed the $41 million amount, opting for a total of $34 million.
“The number I agreed with Council Member Rockey on last time was based on the numbers that were presented. We’re going to increase that by $6 million … I’m OK with that. But I just want to know that we care about spending your money. We care about coming to your door and asking to spend your money. That’s our responsibility,” Scott said. “I agree that where we can partner, where we can help, we should. In every way, shape and form.”
The proposed bond will have six propositions: a public works facility, totaling $2 million; public safety, totaling $9.1 million; a community center/shelter, totaling $9 million; transportation projects, totaling $7.6 million; parks, totaling $8 million; and drainage, totaling $41 million. If all propositions are passed, the bond will total $76.7 million. Voters will have the ability to cast ballots on all propositions separately.
The bond election will be held Nov. 5. For more details, see the Aug. 15 edition of Community Impact Newspaper.