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Posted on: August 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Denton City Council Calls 2023 Bond Election

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The $309,590,000 bond program placed before voters spans eight (8) propositions: Streets, Drainage and Flood Control, Park System, Public Safety, Affordable Housing, Active Adult Center, South Branch Library, and City Hall West.

DENTON, TX, Aug. 16, 2023 - The Denton City Council has called a 2023 bond election to take place on Nov. 7, 2023. The $309,590,000 bond program placed before voters spans eight (8) propositions: Streets, Drainage and Flood Control, Park System, Public Safety, Affordable Housing, Active Adult Center, South Branch Library, and City Hall West. Information regarding propositions and associated projects can be found on the City of Denton website at www.cityofdenton.com/2023bond

This step is the culmination of a longer process to evaluate the infrastructure and service requirements within the community. In April 2023, the City Council established a Special Citizen's Bond Advisory Committee comprising 40 residents, whose role was to assess proposed bond projects and make a recommendation for City Council consideration. The committee met a total of seven (7) times from late May through early July and collaborated on a final recommendation to the Council.

On July 25, 2023, Special Citizen's Bond Advisory Committee Chair and Chair Pro Tem presented their comprehensive recommendations to the City Council. On Aug. 1, 2023, the City Council gave staff direction to prepare an ordinance calling for a November bond election and which projects to include in that election call.  In its direction to staff, the Council modified the committee recommendation to include additional funding for a new South Branch Library and the inclusion of roadway improvements to Ruddell St. between Mingo and McKinney.  

The listing of the bond program propositions, and associated projects is below:

Proposition

Associated Projects

Bond Program Amount

Proposition A:
Streets

  • Mingo Road (from Bell Avenue to Mockingbird/U.S. 380 generally)
  • Ruddell Drive (from U.S. 380 to Mingo Road)
  • Railroad Quiet Zones

$45,125,000

Proposition B:
Drainage and Flood Control

  • Oakland Drainage Improvements Upstream Detention improvements
  • Pecan Creek Tributary (PEC 4) Phases 3 & 4 Drainage Improvements

$58,860,000

Proposition C: 
Parks System

  • New Inclusive Playground
  • Trail Development
  • Aquatic Improvements

$33,450,000

Proposition D:
Public Safety

  • New Fire Station #5 Facility
  • New Fire Station #6 Facility
  • Linda McNatt Animal Shelter Expansion

$42,015,000

Proposition E:
Affordable Housing

  • Affordable Housing Programs

$15,000,000

Proposition F:
Active Adult Center

  • New Active Adult Center 

$47,359,000

Proposition G:
South Branch Library

  • South Branch Library Replacement

$49,547,000

Proposition H:
City Hall West

  • Renovation of City Hall West

$18,234,000

TOTAL

 

$309,590,000

 

Of the total bond amount, $3,080,000 will be allocated to public art for the vertical structures included in the program (the two fire station facilities, the animal shelter, the new active adult center, the South Branch Library replacement, and City Hall West).  This allocated amount equates to approximately 2% of the estimated costs for those projects. 

Information regarding propositions and associated projects can be found on the City of Denton website at www.cityofdenton.com/2023bond. More information on the Nov. 7, 2023, election can be found at the Denton County Elections webpage at www.votedenton.com

Through the 2023 bond election on Nov. 7, Denton's residents will have the opportunity to make their voices heard.

For media inquiries, contact: Ryan Adams, 940-349-8565, [email protected]

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