Pearland City Council voted to put a nearly $80 million bond on the ballot for the May 4 election at the Feb. 11 meeting.
The bond consists of five propositions: drainage, totaling $28.5 million; street repairs, totaling $34.8 million; parks and recreation, totaling $2.5 million; a new animal shelter, totaling $12.9 million; and a fire department burn building, totaling $1.3 million.
While the bond will be on the ballot, the final price tags and timelines of the projects will be finalized once the bond propositions are passed, Council Member Trent Perez said. The propositions are also standalone items, allowing citizens to vote on each issue individually.
Several Pearland residents spoke at the meeting for the importance of having the animal shelter on the ballot, with one resident speaking against the cost of the shelter.
While not all council members approved of the cost of the shelter, they did all agree the issue should go before the voters.
“We’re asking for voters to vote on spending more money, and I’m not saying that we don’t need to revise or do something with our current animal shelter. But that’s a lot of money to spend,” Council Member Derrick Reed said.
The council also approved the general election for positions 1, 5 and 6.