2016 Bond Election

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On August 16, the Huntsville City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance calling a bond election containing three propositions. Huntsville residents will be asked to go the polls Tuesday, November 8, to consider authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds for the three proposals.

Since March, the City Council has been conducting work sessions and reviewing studies related to the City’s infrastructure, including the Huntsville Police Department, Fire Station #2, the City Service Center, City Hall, quality of life improvements, the Palm Street Water Plant, Water Distribution system pressure plane modifications, and the A.J. Brown and N.B. Davidson wastewater treatment plants.

The Council has also carefully reviewed debt capacities to fund these projects. Debt capacity can be defined as expiring debt plus additional available revenue. All of the Council’s work in the last six months has brought the opportunity to call for a bond election in November. The Council and staff have worked together to plan a course of action with the aim that these projects may be accomplished with no increase to taxes or rates related to them.

Proposition 1 - Public Safety Facilities
THE ISSUANCE OF TAX BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $31,000,000 FOR PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITIES.

  • Increase Security for Equipment, Officers, Vehicles, and the Public 
  • Accommodate Needs of the Growing Community 
  • Provide Protection for Fire Engines, Vehicles, and Equipment  
  • Offer the Best Fire Service Possible to the Citizens of Huntsville 
 Proposition 2 - City Services Facilities 
THE ISSUANCE OF TAX BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $24,000,000 FOR THE CITY SERVICES FACILITIES PROJECT.

  • Centralize Customer Services at City Hall 
  • Responsibly House Essential City Services at the Service Center
  • Provide Facilities to Complement and Accommodate the City’s Potential for Growth 
Proposition 3 - City Waterworks and Sewer Facilities
THE ISSUANCE OF WATERWORKS AND SEWER SYSTEM REVENUE BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $73,000,000 FOR CITY WATERWORKS AND SEWER SYSTEM FACILITIES.

  • Improve Control of Water System Pressure and Fire Flow
  • Improve Efficiency and Decrease Repair and Maintenance Needs
  • Allow for Continued Superior Treatment with Expected Growth
  • Provide Safe and Efficient Treatment Process  
  • Increase Treatment Capacity

“ The Council has worked with the staff to find a way that may allow these projects to be completed without raising rates or taxes related to them, but rather by using the debt capacity coming available in the next few years.”
- Mayor Andy Brauninger

 


Resources
  • Read the Ordinance 2016-33 calling the November 8 Bond Election is available at http://www.huntsvilletx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7472
  • If you would like to reach out to any member of the City Council you can email the full Council at council@huntsvilletx.gov, or visit http://huntsvilletx.gov/343/Mayor-City-Council to find email addresses for each specific member. The Council is eager to answer your questions and help inform you on the three propositions. 

  • Learn how to register to vote at http://www.co.walker.tx.us/department/?fDD=24-0. October 11, 2016 is the last day to register to vote for the November 8 Election. 

  • Email bond@huntsvilletx.gov or call 936-291-5403 with any questions you may have regarding the Bond Election. 

  • Follow the City of Huntsville on our social media platforms for the most up-to-date information. All the City sites are listed at www.huntsvilletx.gov/social.


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Save the Date

The City of Huntsville will be hosting the State of the City Address on October 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walker County Storm Shelter (455 Texas SH 75 North). Be sure to join your City that evening to learn more about each proposition and the state of your City. We look forward to seeing you there!



Voting Information

Early Early Voting 
October 24-November 4, Walker County Annex (1301 Sam Houston Avenue, Suite 101) , 
8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. 
Extended voting from 7 a.m.—7 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 25 and Nov. 4

Weekend Voting 
October 29-30 , 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1p.m. - 5 p.m., Walker County Annex Only

Temporary Branch Early Voting 
Walker County Storm Shelter, October 24-28 , 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Extended voting from 7 a.m.– 7 p.m. on Oct. 25

Election Day
November 8,2016 - visit http://bit.ly/2aL1MTy to see all polling locations. 

Register to vote by October 11 (through Walker County Voter Registrar)! 
Follow this link to learn how! http://www.co.walker.tx.us/department/?fDD=24-0.