Sugar Land city officials are considering spending $139.82 million on projects in fiscal year 2024-25 as part of its capital improvement plan, or CIP.

Two-minute impact

At a June 18 meeting, Sugar Land staff presented the preliminary draft of its CIP, seeking City Council input as staff works to finalize the spending allotments. The plan lays out the city’s financing and scheduling of projects over a five-year period.

A majority of the FY 2024-25 CIP—$53.89 million—is allotted to wastewater projects followed by $10.26 million in water projects. Additionally, the proposed plan allocates the most funds of all the years to the FY 2024-25 budget at $139.82 million of the total $380.39 million.

Zooming in

The most expensive projects for the FY 2024-25 include:
  • Airport, $1.05 million: design for the terminal ramp expansion Phase 1 and new fuel farm at the Sugar Land Regional Airport
  • Drainage, $32.06 million: Brazos River erosion design and construction at Hwy. 59 and Memorial Park and Riverstone community
  • Municipal, $6.35 million: new animal shelter project
  • Parks, $11.57 million: design and construction for Sugar Land Trail Phase 2 and Gannoway Lake Trails
  • Surface water, $10.26 million: surface water treatment plant rehabilitation Phase 1 for chemical systems construction, South of the Brazos Phase 1 reclaimed water design and construction, and Telfair raw water pump station construction
The majority of projects are funded by revenue bonds, which are a class of municipal bonds to fund public projects and repay investors with income generated from the project. However, other funding sources include airport revenue, Sugar Land 4A and 4B corporations, Fort Bend County’s $865.3 million mobility bond approved by voters last November, and awarded grants, according to the presentation.

What else?

The city is also expected to call a bond election for up to $350 million to support proposed capital projects over the next five to seven years.

The city has until Aug. 19 to call the bond election. If called, the items will be on the Nov. 5 ballot with early voting from Oct. 21-Nov. 1, according to the Texas Secretary of State website.

Looking forward

The budget and CIP are expected to be filed by city staff in mid-July followed by public hearings in mid-August, Sugar Land Communications Director Doug Adolph said in an email.

The Sugar Land City Charter requires City Council to adopt the FY 2024-25 budget and CIP by Sept. 25.