Featured Photo (above): County Road 138/Texas Highway 183 intersection improvements may be included in a bond package the city of Pflugerville is considering for the Nov. 3 election. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Pflugerville (Travis County)—The city is still reviewing which projects to put on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Pflugerville, like many other Texas cities, school districts and other local governments, delayed their May elections until November due to concerns over potentially crowded polling sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.
City Council on June 23 was briefed on proposals studied by a citizens bond committee.
The council has an option to split up proposed transportation and parks bonds into three components: $45 million to fund a combination recreational/senior citizens center, $96.7 million for street and drainage upgrades, and $41.2 million for parks improvements.
The council and committee worked together to pare down initial proposals, revealed earlier this year, that called for $101.7 million in road projects. The state has an Aug. 17 deadline when local governments must formally call a general/regular or special election for November.
Some of the initial proposed projects and their estimated costs include:
- Intersection improvements at Texas Highway 130 at County Road 138, East Pflugerville Parkway at Farm Road 685, Heatherwilde Boulevard and Pecan Street, FM 685 at Pecan Street, FM 685 and Copper Mine Drive, and Hodde/Weiss at Cele Road, altogether totaling $14.4 million;
- Reconstruction of parts or all of 10th Street, Algreg Street, Applewood Drive, Bushmills Road, Butler National Drive/Diablo Drive, Caldwells Lane, Cedar Ridge Drive, Dalshank Road, Edgemere Drive, Grand National Avenue, Great Basin, Kay Lane, Lincoln Avenue, Mashburn Street, Meadow Creek Drive, Mountain View Drive, Oak Ridge Drive, Option Avenue, Picadilly Drive, Pflugerville Loop, Plumbago Drive, Rowe Loop, Russell Street, Sullivan Street, Taylor Avenue, W. Custers Creek Bend, Windermere Drive, Yellow Sage Street — all totaling $15.6 million;
Council in February agreed to holding a $96.7 million bond election to support roadway projects. City officials have said it’s possible the city has the time to change the overall structure of its proposed bond package or even opt out of a November 2020 election altogether.
City staff is due to return to the next council meeting with an estimated tax impact that an approved bond package could have. Councilman Jim McDonald also recommended adding $5 million for extending Main Street.