City officials are likely to ask voters to approve a 2022 capital improvement bond issue

City officials plan to ask voters in November to approve a capital improvement bond issue, according to city documents.

An update on the first city council meeting of the year scheduled for Tuesday calls for “a discussion on the development and timing of a bond program in accordance with the implementation of the city’s strategic plan.”

The city council discussed the possible need for a bond issue at regular meetings in 2021, as well as at a strategic planning meeting on December 2. During the meeting, the board voted to ask staff to put in place an obligation process that would be put in place. back to advice.

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City documents show that projects could include a variety of categories, including streets, solar power, eco-tourism, housing and green infrastructure. The documents do not show how much the city is proposing to ask voters to approve.

Bond issues would be reimbursed by property taxes. A 2018 report from the Comptroller of Texas found that residents of El Paso had about $ 2,900 in municipal tax-funded debt per person, which was 10th among the state’s 20 largest cities.

City officials could not be reached for comment.

City officials will also discuss the schedule for raising awareness and developing the bond proposal with community engagement in early 2022, public awareness in the spring, and project selection in the summer. The bond program would be introduced in early August before the general election on November 8.

City council is expected to vote to approve the final bond program and vote to place it on the ballot for the general election.

In 2019, voters were asked to approve a public safety bond of approximately $ 413 million to fund a variety of projects and improvements for the El Paso Police Department and the El Paso Fire Department. Paso, including a new police and fire academy. The link was approved by around 59% of voters.

In 2012, voters approved a bond of $ 473 million to fund improvements to parks, libraries and community centers. The bond issue also included funding for three flagship projects: a children’s museum, a multi-purpose performing arts center, and a Mexican-American cultural center. None of the signature obligation projects have been completed.

The downtown multi-purpose arts and entertainment center has been stuck for years with ongoing litigation. The city council recently chose to try to negotiate an end to the legal battle that has lasted for years.

Several bond projects cost more than initially expected. The city has used millions of dollars in debt not approved by voters in the form of bond certificates to supplement the cost of quality of life bond projects.

How to participate

What: City council meeting

When: 9 a.m. on Tuesday

Or: City Council Chamber, 300 N. Campbell St. Masks or face coverings are strongly recommended.

Virtually: Teleconference phone number: (915) 213-4096; toll free number: (833) 664-9267 Conference ID: 209-817-15 #

Look: Via the city’s website: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/videos

Via TV on City15 or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofelpasotx/videos

To make a public comment: Call (915) 213-4096 or call the toll free number (833) 664-9267

Cover photo: Construction of the El Paso Children’s Museum continues at 201 W. Main Drive. The museum is part of a bond issue adopted by city voters in 2012. The city launched the project in October 2020. (Elida S. Perez / El Paso Matters)