Bond Election 2017
Bond Measure Passes With 60.15% of the Vote in the 2017 Special Election
Official Canvassing of The Vote to Be Held on May 18th, 2017 at 10am in Council Chambers
(GALVESTON, TX) May 6, 2017 – The 2017 Special Election brought 3,029 voters to the polls to vote on three propositions. Proposition one asked voters to authorize the sale of $62 million in bonds that will be used to complete streets and drainage projects throughout the island. That measure passed with 60.15% of the vote. Proposition two asked voters to authorize the sale of Jones Park. That proposition to did not receive the needed votes to pass the sale of the park with 53.35% of voters against the measure. Proposition three asked voters to authorize the sale of Gus Allen Park. That proposition also did not receive the needed votes to pass with 53.60% of voters against the measure.
“As a fifth-generation Galvestonian, I am thankful to see the City stand behind the progress that has been made across the island by voting in support of this measure. These bonds will allow us to complete an extensive list of projects that will significantly improve the infrastructure on the island.” Said City Manager Brian Maxwell, “Now the next wave of progress can begin.”
By The Numbers:
Received 3,029 votes from Galveston residents. 1,822 of those votes were for passing the bond measure. 1,207 of those votes were against the passing of the bond measure.
Received 2,982 votes from Galveston residents. 1,591 of those votes were against the sale of Jones Park. 1,391 of those votes were for the sale of Jones Park.
Received 2,962 votes from Galveston residents. 1,583 of those votes were against the sale of Gus Allen Park. 1,379 of those votes were for the sale of Gus Allen Park.
- Will senior citizens be affected by this increase?
- Why are the projects on the informational handouts and online listed as “Sample Projects”? Is it a complete list?
- How do they know the cost of these projects? Have they received bids?
- What is the timeline and priority for each project?
- Why does the ballot language for the bond election include the words "and other related public infrastructure"?
- The City received a significant amount of federal funding after Ike. Why would you need to ask for additional funds?
- Will the proposed tax rate increase be rescinded after the completion of the projects?
- If the bonds pass is the City going to raise the value of my home by 3.5%?
- My tax bill has increased significantly each year, this is only going to increase it more. Why are taxes so high on the island?
- How did the city come up with the $60 annual increase suggested in the educational materials?
- Why is the City holding a bond election rather than paying for the projects as we go?
- Can you assure the citizens that this would fix the drainage problems in the City?
Projects that will be funded if the bond measure is approved by voters in the May 6, 2017 election:
Over the next 5 years, $22 million in general funds will be allocated for streets and drainage projects.$62 million more in tax-supported bonds are needed to complete the Streets and Drainage Capital Improvement Plan.
Sample list of project's funded by tax-supported bonds:
Streets and/or Drainage Projects:
- 11 Mile and FM 3005*
- 16th St from Broadway to Ave N 1/2
- 18th St from the Ship Channel to Ave K*
- 25th St From Broadway to Seawall
- 26th St from Ave N to Broadway
- 26th St from Broadway to Church Street
- 27th St from Broadway to Seawall
- 29th St from Church St to Harborside
- 29th St from Ave O to Ave R 1/2
- 30th St from Ave O to Seawall Blvd
- 35th St from Postoffice to Broadway
- 37th St from Broadway to Seawall
- 45th St from Broadway to Seawall
- 49th St from Ave P to Ave S 1/2
- 61st St & Seawall Intersection Improvements
- 73rd St from Heards Ln to Ave N 1/2
- Ave L Storm System at 62nd and 63rd*
- Church St from 35th to 37th Street*
- Replacement of Strand Pavers
- Storm Sewer Rehabilitation Program*
•Primarily Drainage Projects
$3 million in mill and overlay projects currently planned:
- All Streets - Indian Beach Subdivision
- 30th St from Ave M to Ave N 1/2
- 32nd St from Mechanic to Post Office
- 36th St from Ave K to Ave L
- 36th St from Ball St to Broadway
- 46th St from Ave N to Ave R
- 46th St from Ave R 1/2 to Ave T
- 46th St from Ave R to Ave R 1/2
- 46th St from Broadway to Ave L
- 49th St from Broadway to Ave L
- 53rd St from Broadway to Winnie
- 59th St from Ave S to Ave S 1/2
- 59th St from Maco to Seawall
- 71st St from I-45 Frontage to 440 FT North
- Avenue K from 25th to 33rd
- Avenue L from 27th to 31st
- Avenue M from 41st to 43rd
- Avenue Q from Neuman to Saladia
- Avenue Q 1/2 from 25th to 27th
- Ball St from 16th to 17th
- Bristow Dr off of 16 Mile Rd
- Mechanic from 26th St and a 1/2 block west
- Postoffice Street from 27th St to 29th St
$5.5 million dollars (approx. 10 miles of roadway) in additional mill & overlay projects will be prioritized in accordance with the results of the street assessment currently being performed.
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Projects in the Capital Improvement Plan that are greater than $4 million and will be funded by the bonds:
45th Street Complete Reconstruction: From Broadway to Seawall, 45th Street will be completely reconstructed similar to the 43rd and 53rd Street projects. The reconstruction includes a complete upgrade from the storm sewer system below the roadway and replacing and upgrade utilities. Cost of project: $10,395,000
18th Street Drainage Project: From the Ship Channel to Ave K, 18th Street’s drainage system is outdated and has been deemed structurally unsound. This project would replace the existing infrastructure improving drainage throughout the area. Cost of project: $10,164,157
25th Street: From Broadway to Seawall will be repaved and old water and sewer utilities will be replaced and up-sized. Cost of project: $4,128,000
37th Street: From Broadway to Seawall will be repaved, an extension of the storm sewer system for future expansion will be installed, and old water and sewer utilities will be replaced and up-sized. Cost of project: $5,935,000
29th Street: From Ave O to Ave R 1/2 will be repaved, an extension of the storm sewer system for future expansion will be installed, and old water and sewer utilities will be replaced and up-sized. Cost of project: $4,542,500
Repaving Initiative: The City will continue to use in-house crews to repave over 5-miles of city streets per year. The streets to be included in the schedule are currently being identified through the 2017 streets assessment. These projects total $14 million of the streets capital improvement plan and $8.5 million of that will come from tax supported bonds, if the measure is approved by voters. Cost of project: $8,500,000
When Can You Vote:
On Election Day
This election will take place between 7:00am and 7:00pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the following locations. Voters can vote at any Galveston County polling location on this day, regardless of your district:
- UTMB – Rebecca Sealy Building 404 – 8th Street (1st Floor Classroom)
- Galveston County Courthouse 722 Moody (21st Street) (2nd Floor Mezzanine)
- GISD Administration Building 3904 Avenue T
- L. A. Morgan Elementary School 1410 – 37th Street
- Alamo School 5200 Avenue N 1⁄2
- Moody Methodist Church 2803 53rd Street
- Seaside Baptist Church 16534 San Luis Pass Road (Shared location with Jamaica Beach)
Early Voting Locations
Early voting will take place April 24th-28th, 2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm and on May 1st and 2nd, 2017 from 7:00am to 7:00pm at the following locations. Voters can vote at any Galveston County early voting polling location on the designated dates:
- Galveston County Justice Center, 600 – 59th Street, 2nd Floor Conference Rm
- Galveston County Courthouse, 722 Moody (21st Street), 2nd Floor Mezzanine
- Moody Methodist Church 2803 53rd Street (Please enter on the Avenue U side of the building)
Ballots By Mail
Dwight D. Sullivan, Galveston County Clerk, is appointed as the Early Voting Clerk. Qualified electors voting early who are unable to vote in person shall vote by mail as prescribed by the laws of the State of Texas. Applications for ballots by mail may be sent to the Early Voting Clerk as follows:
- By Mail: Attn: Ballots by Mail, c/o Dwight D. Sullivan, Galveston County Clerk, P. O. Box 17253, Galveston, Texas 77552-7253
- By Fax: 409-765-3249 (Please put “Attention Ballots By Mail” on the cover sheet)
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (If this method is used, an application from the County Clerk’s Elections Division website will need to be printed, filled out completely, signed, and scanned before submitting as an attachment to the email).