The propositions include $47.6 million for drainage; $26.3 million for public safety facilities; $10.26 million for street and mobility improvements; and $6.6 million for a new animal shelter. The projects would be implemented over a three-year period, Assistant City Manager Chris Steubing said during the meeting.
“This is the culmination of a lot of work that has been going on for years,” Steubing said.
Weather events have also played into the selection and prioritization of projects, Steubing said. From major rain events like the Tax Day Floods in 2016, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and the May 7 rain event of this year, drainage projects have become a priority, taking up more than half the total cost of the four bond propositions.
The bonds' passage would result in a three-cent tax rate increase in fiscal year 2021, Steubing said. All projects will be completed or under construction within the three-year bond period.
Early voting for the Nov. 5 election will begin Oct. 21 and run through Nov. 1. Registered voters in Fort Bend County can cast their ballots at any vote center as long as they present proper identification.