Arlington City Council Calls for 2018 Bond Program Election

Arlington residents will vote this fall on a proposed $189 million bond program that would provide funding for streets and sidewalks, parks, fire stations and other public facilities.

After months of public input, the Arlington City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved placing the bond program on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. In 2014, Arlington voters approved a $236 million, five-year bond program that is nearing completion.

The City Council’s decision to present a new bond package to voters was made following a series of meetings, tours, public forums and extensive study by the 19-member Citizens Bond Committee. This committee, tasked with assessing the City’s capital needs, provided a recommended list of projects to the City Council in May.

Click here to view the 2018 Bond Program webpage and see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Bond Program.

Passage of the proposed five-year bond program would fund:

Proposition A

Street Improvements: $137,835,000

  • Residential Rebuild Program
  • Debbie Lane (Arlington city limits to SH 360)
  • Intersection Improvements
  • Mansfield Webb Road (Silo Road to Collins Street)
  • Sublett Road (Arlington city limit to Joplin Road)
  • Matlock Road (Green Oaks Boulevard to Sublett Road)
  • Sidewalk Annual Program
  • Downtown Pedestrian Crossing
  • Mitchell Street (Collins Street to Perrin Street)
  • Signal/ITS Program
  • Construction Materials Testing Program
  • Grant Matching Funds Annual Program
  • Irrigation Annual Program

Proposition B
Parks & Recreation: $19,165,000

  • Richard Simpson Park – Phase II
  • Johnson Creek Trail (Meadowbrook to Julia Burgen Park)
  • Youth Athletic Complex Acquisition
  • Multi-Generational Center Design
  • River Legacy Trail Replacement
  • River Legacy Trail Development (Fort Worth connection)
  • High Oak Park – Phase II

Proposition C
Public Safety Facilities: $24,500,000

  • Fire Station #8 Rebuild
  • Fire Station #6 Rebuild
  • Police Evidence Storage Facility

Proposition D
Public Facilities: $8,000,000

  • Various Public Facility Improvements

The amounts identified for each project are estimated amounts and the City of Arlington may reallocate the amounts among the various projects listed or substitute other projects of a similar nature in accordance with the respective bond proposition.


6 thoughts on “Arlington City Council Calls for 2018 Bond Program Election”

  1. Will this fix our residential streets? I have been in my home for 27 years. I visit surrounding neighborhoods, and their streets are very clean and consist of one material and one color. Our neighborhood is patched with several different materials and looks like a patch work quilt. It makes the look of the neighborhood very shoddy. No matter how one maintains their homes, the neighborhood still looks very run down. I would like our streets to look as nice and clean as all the surrounding neighborhoods streets, nice and clean. After all, we pay taxes too.

    1. This bond program includes nearly $34 million that will go toward rebuilding the residential streets in Arlington that are in the worst condition. The City has specialized equipment that scans roadways to determine their condition. From that data, a map has been created that shows the condition index or the ‘score’ of each roadway. The residential rebuild program is intended to address streets that have a score of 50 or below. In addition, to minimize disruption to residents and to make sure construction is done in an efficient manner, the Public Works and Transportation Department coordinates with the Water Utilities Department to replace roadways at the same time that water lines are being rebuilt. This coordination occurs on an ongoing basis and is intended to maximize cost savings and efficiency. As such, the City does not have a specific list or order of residential roadway projects that will occur in this proposed bond program. Rather, if passed by voters, the City will take advantage of project coordination to make decisions on where residential streets will be reconstructed as we move through the program.

    1. Thank you so much for the question, David. The City carefully analyzes the capacity it has to issue debt from year to year without increasing the property tax rate. In this program, the City determined its total debt capacity (the amount of debt it can take out for projects) over five years to be $189 million. Factors that influence debt capacity include how much debt the City currently has, how much the City is paying back every year (retiring debt), changes in taxable value of property in the City and the amount of the overall tax rate that goes toward paying debt. By analyzing these factors, the City can design a program that will only issue debt that can be repaid without any tax rate increase.

  2. Who was on the committee? When did the study commence? What percentage is going to improve the “entertainment district” versus residential areas?

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