Taxpayers within the Cy-Champ Public Utility District, the boundaries of which run along Cutten Road between Cypress Creek and just south of West Greens Road, will have the opportunity to vote on a $5.6 million park bond in the May 1 election.
According to Ron Walkoviak, Cy-Champ PUD director and board president, the proposed bond is a continuation of a $7 million park bond previously approved by voters in 2005 that fully funded the development of Cy-Champ Park, which opened at the intersection of Cutten and Hargrave Roads in 2008, and partially funded park projects at the intersection of Cutten and Cherry Hills roads.
If approved, the $5.6 million bond would fund the acquisition and development of a 3.89-acre tract of land along Cutten and a smaller tract of land located at the north end of Cy-Champ PUD's boundaries next to Cypress Creek. The bond would also include funds to finish the development of the two tracts of land at Cutten and Cherry Hills roads.
According to Walkoviak, the development of the two new land acquisitions will take two years to complete and cost roughly $3.25 million, while the completion of the two previously acquired tracts of land will take one year to complete and cost $1.2 million.
"The concept, which is subject to change, would provide walking trails, a running track, pavilions for gathering, barbecue equipment, workout equipment and possibly a dog park facility," Walkoviak said.
Walkoviak added that the Cy-Champ PUD tax rate, which currently sits at $0.35 per $100 valuation, is anticipated to remain the same with or without the bond's passage as the bonds will be supported by the current assessed value of Cy-Champ PUD.
"Cy-Champ Park has been very well-received by the community and is well-used. We expected and anticipate that the new park areas being developed by Cy-Champ PUD will benefit the community by providing even more open areas for park use," Walkoviak said.
For additional information about the Cy-Champ PUD park bond, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Texas Secretary of State's website, while the deadline to register to vote in the May 1 election was April 1, the last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) is April 20. The polls will be open for early voting April 19-27 followed by election day May 1.
For more information about May 1 elections in Harris County, click here.