Three Texas counties to decide on transportation questions

October 4, 2021

Keith Goble

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November elections throughout Texas will include questions on various transportation-related initiatives.

Land Line tracks measures covering statewide, county and local ballot initiatives. Here is a breakdown of some notable initiatives on Nov. 2 ballots in the Lone Star State.

Rockwall County

Voters in Rockwall County soon will decide whether to borrow to get needed road work done.

Proposition A would authorize $150 million in bonds to pay for road work throughout the county situated east of Dallas along Interstate 30.

Advocates say passage of the question to widen, resurface, and upgrade roads is necessary due to the area’s recent growth. County officials say they are the sixth fastest growing county in the nation over the past decade.

A list of 32 road projects are included in the proposition.

Also in the county, voters in the city of Wylie will decide on three transportation questions. Specifically, voters will decide whether to issue up to $50 million in general obligation bonds for street improvements throughout the locale.

Smith County

Ballots in Smith County will include a question about whether to renew a road bond for an additional six years.

In 2017, voters in the county approved a capital improvement project. Funds from the 4-year-old bond will allow the county, which includes the city of Tyler, to complete $39.5 million in road and bridge work after six years.

Passage of Proposition A on the county’s upcoming fall ballot would authorize phase two of a countywide road and bridge capital improvement project.

If approved, the local property tax rate would be increased by 0.76 cents.

Renewal of the bonds would allow an additional $45 million in projects to be completed.

Tarrant County

Among the issues on the November ballot in Tarrant County will be a transportation bond question covering road work.

Proposition A would authorize issuing $400 million in general obligation bonds for infrastructure improvements that include purchasing, constructing, reconstructing, renovating, rehabilitating, improving and maintaining streets, roads, highways and bridges.

Half of the money in the county that includes the city of Fort Worth would be used to match funding for city projects. Regional projects would receive $125 million and the rest would be applied to precincts.

City of Lubbock

Voters in the city of Lubbock will decide this fall whether to authorize $174.5 million in bonds to benefit roads.

Passage would aid 13 planned road-widening projects. LL

More election coverage

Keith Goble, state legislative editor for Land Line Media, is keeping track of transportation questions on fall ballots across the U.S. Here are some recent articles by him.

Keith Goble has been covering trucking-related laws since 2000. His daily web reports, radio news and “OOIDA’s State Watch” in Land Line Magazine are the industry’s premier sources for information regarding state legislative affairs.