Citizens Advisory Committee recommends $200M bond election for Lubbock roadways
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Lubbock Citizens Advisory Committee was created to consider the needs of Lubbock roadways. Those citizens have recommended another bond election in November. This bond election is for a single $200 million proposition.
The committee presented the Lubbock City Council with its recommendations Tuesday afternoon.
The $200 million would address roads across all districts, including unpaved roads in Districts 1 and 2, as well as reconstruction in the Dunbar-Manhattan Heights neighborhood, which would be $6.5 million.
“As we talked about pavement condition, it became clear we were looking at where street maintenance has had some success prolonging the life of pavement and then we also, through that process, learned of some areas where the pavement is really too far gone for that street maintenance,” Chairperson Heather Keister said. “The committee brought forward the area around Dunbar and the Manhattan Heights neighborhood as a neighborhood reconstruction candidate. Also recognizing the prioritization of completing all the unpaved roads and getting those paved, our committee felt that it was important to include that in this list as well.”
Notably, the committee did not recommend Broadway to be included in the proposal, saying while they agree the brick road needs to be addressed, they were worried it could jeopardize the bond’s passage. Instead it asked the council to relocate utilities along Broadway and adopt a design, including how to address the historic bring, to be considered in the future.
“We did not want to put forward a project that could potentially put the rest of the bond package at risk,” Keister told the council. “Therefore, the committee did not include Broadway in the final recommendation at this time. We do feel based on the needed approval, that there is some time needed to finalize what that design is going to be and get those necessary approvals before Broadway could be supported.”
The city’s financial staff said the bond would most likely cost the average homeowner $12 to $15 per year over five years.
“This $200 million over five years would be a total increase of about two and a half cents on the interest and sinking tax rate,” Chief Financial Officer Blu Kostelich said. “That’s not all at once. That’s built in over five years.”
The committee also recommended a public outreach and education effort, including the formation of a privately funded political action committee.
City staff also advised the council of the ability to add more language to the ballot, which would explain each project and how funds would be used.
The City Council will decide on August 9, 2022, whether to move forward with the recommendations. The council must call for a November election before August 15.
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