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Pearland voters OK all 5 bond propositions

May 5, 2019

Voters in the city of Pearland approved all five bond propositions on the May 4 ballot that together will provide almost $80 million for a range of projects including widening of Bailey Road, traffic changes on Pearland Parkway, construction of a new animal shelter and multiple drainage improvements.

In unofficial vote totals for Pearland City Council races, a three-way battle for the Position 1 council seat will result in a runoff between Derrell Isenberg and Luke Orlando, and Position 5 incumbent J. David Little defeated Sheila Pope. Unopposed in his re-election bid was Trent Perez in Position 6.

According to projections, voter approval of all five propositions will increase the city’s property tax rate of just under 70.92 cents per $100 by 3.75 cents, said Robert Upton, the city’s director of engineering.

Said Perez: “I am grateful that the people of Pearland voted overwhelmingly to move forward with these much-needed bond projects. I also understand that some are still concerned about the cost. I promise to continue to work to ensure these projects are completed and for an appropriate price. We owe fiscal responsibility to all that voted for these bonds.”

Proposition A, which passed with 74.20 percent voter support, 4,302-1,496, authorizes almost $28.5 million for drainage improvement and facilities.

Proposition B, which passed with 71.79 percent support in a 4,138-1,626 vote, authorizes almost $34.82 million for street improvements.

Proposition C, which passed with 65.53 percent support in a 3,777-1,987 vote, will provide $2.5 million for work related to parks and recreation.

Proposition D, approved with 53.70 percent support in a 3,095-2,668 vote, authorizes $12.87 million in bond sales for construction of a 21,000-square-foot animal shelter and adoption center.

Proposition E, which passed with 71.60 percent voter support, 4,117-1,633, will provide $1.3 million for construction of a burn building for fire department training.

A larger animal shelter will enable the city to hold stray pets longer to find homes or foster care for them, city spokesman Joshua Lee said.

The current 10,000-square-foot Pearland Animal Services and Adoption Center has capacity for 40 dogs and 41 cats and is usually at or near capacity.

Proposition B would include funding for a proposal for a safer way around the traffic circle on Pearland Parkway. Pearland city officials have a $3.3 million plan to create a smaller, safer roundabout to replace the rotary, which has been the site of numerous accidents on the busy roadway, Perez has said.

Perez said part of the improvements would be to remove the bypass lanes that allow drivers to travel at higher speeds.

The Position 1 runoff will pit Isenberg, a member of the city’s planning and zoning commission, who received received 2,550 votes — or 44.51 percent — against Orlando, a management consultant who received 2,414 votes, or 42.14 percent. The third candidate in the race was engineer Jimi Amos, who received 765 votes.

The incumbent, Tony Carbone, was term-limited.

Little, an attorney, received 3,580 votes compared with 1,833 for Pope, a small-business owner and a licensed professional counselor.

greg.may@chron.com