Bond election results official City Commissioners canvas votes

Bond election results official City Commissioners canvas votes
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:24am

The McAllen City Commissioners officially accepted the citizens' vote on Wednesday by canvasing the votes at McAllen City Hall to approve the $45 million Bond Election results.

McAllen voters decided in favor of three propositions on the November 5th election to authorize the issuance of General Obligations bond in the amount of $45 million.

The citizens passed the three propositions: Proposition 1 - $15 million to make road improvements; Proposition 2 - $15 million to help finance the construction of the proposed Performing Arts Center; and Proposition 3 - $15 million to construct a new baseball complex and make other park improvements.

Proposition 1 focuses on several busy intersections: 23rd and Jackson; 23rd and Ebony; 23rd and Hackberry; 23rd and Kendlewood; Ware and Pecan; Pecan and McColl; Pecan and 2nd. The bonds will also pay for major roadway improvements: Bicentennial Blvd. from Trenton to State Highway 107; Dove from 41st Street to Bentsen; Erie from Ware Road to Bentsen; Oakland from K to Jackson Road; Wisconsin from 2nd to Drain Ditch; Wisconsin from 2nd to Drain Ditch; Wisconsin from 10th to Main and 29th from Oxford to State Highway 107.

Proposition 2 was the partial funding of the Performing Arts Center, a new City of McAllen venue to replace the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium more than 50 years old. The estimated cost for a new Performing Arts Center is approximately more than $35 million. The City has already invested in the design of the 83,000 square foot facility by ERO Architects of McAllen that will feature state of the art technology in acoustics, audio, lighting and stage support. The lobby will feature a grand staircase, balconies overlooking the lobby and Convention Center's Oval Park and much more.

Proposition 3 is for the creation of a Youth Baseball Complex at 29th and 5 Mile and Municipal Park Improvements for Girls Softball. The Commission has been working to provide quality of life amenities.

To better serve the community, the City of McAllen wants to make sure citizens are aware of the progress of the Bond Projects so view our website at www.mcallen.net to see the ongoing progress of the Bond Projects. The city has created a web page to keep citizens of informed with budgets and timetables.

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