LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Early voting starts Monday and voters across the City of Lubbock will be asked to check for or against four major bonds. The projects on the November 3rd ballot total just more than $60 million.
It's what's on the ballot that brought a new political action committee out of the wood works. The Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of 4 for Lubbock, a group that hopes you'll vote for all four bonds. "It's so important so you can make an informed vote," says 4 for Lubbock member Linda Gaither. She says the city is growing and to keep up Lubbock needs these projects. "Taking care of what we have and ensuring and securing our future are what this bond election is about," says Gaither.
Proposition 1, if passed, would issue $43,085,000 for street improvements. This is where the bulk of the $60.8 million will be spent. Portions will be dedicated to re-pave 34th Street from Avenue Q west to Indiana along with the deteriorating sidewalks and driveways.
Proposition 2, if passed, would allocate $7.5 million to build three new fire stations in southwest Lubbock.
Proposition 3, if passed, would allocate $1.2 million to build four splash pads in parks across the city.
Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee Kevin McMahon says the splash pads are a better use of money than trying to repair existing city pools. The CAC recommended the bond projects to city council before they approved.
The much anticipated and highly debated soccer complex is slated to be built if proposition 4 passes. If built, the complex would cover a 90 acre area and create 53 soccer fields.
McMahon says the propositions that made the ballot are there because citizens wanted it. "Hoping it is a success. By in large Lubbock supports essential services and 70 percent of this is streets and another large part is safety," adds McMahon.
What does this bond election mean for your wallet? "$60,785,000 is less than 4.6 cents on the tax rate so it would be about $50 for a medium priced home in Lubbock," says McMahon.
Dorothy Kennedy with the county elections office says they expect anywhere from a 3 to 5 percent turnout for November's election.
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