At yesterday’s session, all members of the Commissioners Court agreed that we must move swiftly to define, then fund additional highways across our county. We cannot take our foot off the accelerator, regardless of the election date.
Yesterday, I asked for input on the timing of a transportation bond election. A great majority of your responses (85%) favored delaying such an election until funds from the bonds could be designated for specific projects.
After hearing from the Engineering Department, the court ultimately made the decision to hold the bond election in November 2018. The engineers provided clearer timelines for when county funding for our highest priorities will be needed. Those timelines gave us flexibility on the bond election date.
One thing is clear, a half-billion dollar bond will be necessary to advance highway design and environmental clearance, and hasten construction.
Expenses for our highest priorities fall into 2019 and beyond. Virtually all funding during 2017-2018 is for Outer Loop development costs.
By next year, we will have a clearer picture before we ask you to approve a half-billion dollars of spending. You can expect more detailed communications from court members and staff as we move toward the November 2018 bond election date.