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Mayor Parker Proposes $410 Million Public Improvement Bond Package

Houston City Council has approved placing five bond measures on the November ballot to determine whether City Hall is authorized to borrow $410 million for projects related to public safety, parks, libraries, housing and general government.

Mayor Annise Parker emphasized that the measures do not call for a tax increase to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.  The actual language of the bond measures, however, authorizes a property tax increase if council later decides that it’s necessary, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The bond package includes:

  • $144 million for public safety needs, including:
    • Improvements at neighborhood police stations citywide
    • Expansion of Fire Station 55, City Council District D
    • New fire station to serve Pine Brook area, City Council District E
    • Expansion of Fire Station 22, City Council District I
    • Fire station maintenance/improvements citywide
    • Facility security improvements
    • Other building repairs
  • $166 million for parks, including the Bayou Greenways Project (a $200 million initiative to complete a 100-year old vision of continuous public parks and trails alongside every major bayou segment in the City of Houston) and:
    • Improvements at Haden, Busby Park, Judson Robinson Sr., Jaycee, Wright, Bembry,
      Hermann,
      Alief, Nieto, Squatty Lyons, Gragg, Braeburn, Glen and Wildheather parks
    • Pavilion replacements
    • Swimming pool upgrades and replacements
    • Ball field lighting upgrades
    • Trail replacement and overlays
  • $57 million for health, sanitation/recycling, and general government improvements at city facilities not
    included in the other categories:
    • Renovation of the Westpark recycling facility, City Council District J
    • Renovation of the Central Depository, City Council District I
    • Possible repair of Sunnywide Multi-Service Center, City Council District D
    • Repairs to City Hall and City Hall Annex
    • Environmental Remediation
  • $28 million for libraries, including:
    • Renovation of the Montrose Library, City Council District D
    • Replacement of the Moody Library, City Council District H
    • Replacement of the Meyer Library, City Council District K
    • Renovation of Robinson-Westchase Library, City Council District F
  • $15 million for affordable housing. These dollars will be used for demolition of blighted properties to
    make way for new affordable housing.
 

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