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League City voters OK $145 million bond package, sales tax increase

May 5, 2019

League City voters on May 4 overwhelmingly approved two propositions authorizing sale of a total of $145 million in bonds to address drainage and traffic issues in a fast-growing community that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

Voters also authorized a third proposition to boost the city’s sales tax by .25 percent to the state-maximum 8.25 percent in what city officials said is a way to limit and possibly eliminate the bonds’ potential impact on the property tax rate.

“The passage of this bond package is going to position League City as one of the premier coastal communities in the country,” said Mayor Pro Tem Todd Kinsey, who had claimed before the election that Proposition A, which authorizes sale of $73 million in bonds to fund a variety of flood-control projects, was “probably the most important program the city has ever attempted.”

The second bond proposal on the ballot, Proposition B, will provide $72 million for 10 mobility projects. Proposition C authorizes the sales tax boost.

After the election, Kinsey was elated at the passage of all three propositions by margins of more than 60 percent.

“I’m very proud of my colleagues on council who worked in complete unison to make this happen,” he said. “Our city staff did yeoman’s work in holding public meetings and making sure the citizens were part of the process. In short, I couldn’t be happier.”

In unofficial results, Proposition A received 2,236 votes in support, with 1,037 against. The margins were similar for the other propositions: Proposition B won in a 2,115-1,152 vote and Proposition C, 2,032 to 1,244.

A city survey last year identified mobility as the most important issue to residents and flooding and drainage as the second-most important.

The costliest project in Proposition B will be a $33 million extension of Landing Boulevard from FM 518 north to Interstate 45 at the NASA Bypass. The proposed four-lane divided boulevard would run two miles and will include a bridge over Clear Creek.

Some of the other projects slated for funding through the bonds include:

$11.2 million to replace about 5,600 feet of Grissom Road and create drainage improvements along the roadway.

$7.7 million for reconstruction of 6,000 feet of Calder Road from Ervin Street to Cross Colony Drive.

$6 million to fund a TxDOT partnership for improvements to FM 517, FM 518, FM 270, FM 646 and League City Parkway, and

$5 million to support the development and construction of TxDOT’s Grand Parkway, which would come from the western Galveston County line to Interstate-45 at FM 646.

City Councilman Larry Millican had warned before the election that property values could drop and businesses could avoid coming to the city if the flooding threat were not addressed.

greg.may@chron.com