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Bond Elections

January 23, 2017:

In August of 2016, the City issued $30,245,000 of the $96,700,000 bond funds that voters authorized in November 2015.  Funds were issued for Proposition 1 (Streets) and Proposition 2 (Public Safety) as follows:

  • $22,845,000 was issued out of the voter-authorized $63,000,000 for Proposition 1 (Streets).  The projects within the issued amount includes:
    • $8,200,000 for New Hope Drive (Cottonwood Creek to Ronald Reagan Boulevard).  This project is currently under design, with construction expected to begin in summer of 2017.
    • $4,340,000 for Arterial Overlay.  Phase 1, which included portions of Lakeline Boulevard, Little Elm Trail, Cypress Creek Road, El Salido Parkway and Cougar Avenue, was completed last summer.  More streets will receive an arterial overlay in the summer of 2017.
    • $875,000 for intersection turn lanes.  The process of engineering selection will begin soon.
    • $3,330,000 for the design of New Hope Drive from Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road.  We are in the preliminary stages of planning for this project.
    • $6,100,000 for the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project Phase One which consists of realigning the highway east to more closely follow the route of Old Highway 183 from Buttercup Creek Boulevard/Brushy Creek Road to Park Street, as well as the redesign of the current six-way intersection at Buttercup Creek Boulevard/Brushy Creek Road, Old Highway 183 and Bell Boulevard, to a four-way intersection.   Engineering and design is currently underway.  The full scope of the Bell Boulevard Project Phase One engineering design, permitting, right-of way acquisition and utility relocation is expected to be complete in early 2019 and construction is not set to begin until early-to-mid 2019.

       

  • $7,400,000 was issued out of the voter-authorized $7,550,000 for Proposition 2 (Public Safety) for the following projects:
    • $4,000,000 for Fire Station 5.  Fire Station 5 is currently under design.  Construction is expected to begin in 2017. 
    • $1,900,000 for the Police Station Phase 2.  This project is currently under design.  Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
    • $1,500,000 for City Hall Building 6 finish-out for Fire Administration.  This is currently under design.  Construction is expected to begin in 2017. 

To date, no funds have been issued out of the voter-authorized $20,500,000 for Proposition 3 (Library) or the authorized $5,650,000 for Proposition 4 (Parks).   

November 16, 2015 Update: Election results were made official on November 16, 2015, when Cedar Park City Council canvassed the votes in a Special-Called City Council Meeting.  Click here to see the official election results.

Some projects could begin soon; others are others could be more long-term. The City is planning for a five-to-seven year period for issuance of the bonds.  Keep checking this page, www.CedarParkBond.com, for updates.  See below for more specific information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Passed by voters in the November 3, 2015 Bond Election:
Graphic of car on roadProp 1:  Streets and Roads (74.76% of vote)
($63,000,000)
These bonds will provide funding for land acquisition, design, engineering, construction and other costs associated with road projects. Potential road projects may include but are not limited to New Hope Rd. construction from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Blvd., Anderson Mill Rd. from Cypress Creek Rd. to Zeppelin Rd. and from RM 1431 to the county line, the design and right-of-way acquisition for RM 1431 (Whitestone Blvd.) from Bagdad Rd. to Anderson Mill Rd., and costs associated with the redevelopment of Bell Boulevard, otherwise known as the Bell Boulevard District Project. 

Graphic of Police and Fire badgesProp 2:  Public Safety (73.00% of vote)
($7,550,000) 
These bonds will provide funding for public safety facilities for police and fire protection. These projects may include but are not limited to an expansion and renovation of public safety facilities for police and fire to create additional workspace, and the construction of Fire Station #5 which will service the north central/northeast portions of the City. 

Graphic of bookProp 3:  Public Library (59.86% of vote)
($20,500,000) 
These bonds will provide funding for construction, renovation or other costs relating to the Public Library. This may include additional program space, classrooms and conference rooms, quiet spaces, new technology, capacity for more materials and a larger parking lot. 


Graphic of tree and sunsetProp 4:  Parks & Recreation (71.47% of vote)
($5,650,000)
Park projects that would be funded by these bonds could include but are not limited to the development of Lakeline Park property, additional trails and bike facilities, parkland, and developing park amenities.

 

 

Informational video about the projects: 

Click here to visit our interactive microsite about General Bonds.   

Click here for a downloadable/printable PDF of all of this information. 

Click here for a PDF document of the preliminary ballot language.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Graphic of car on road     Graphic of Police and Fire badges

Graphic of book     Graphic of tree and sunset

 

How was the bond package developed?
What are bonds?
How are bonds repaid?
Will this impact our tax rate?
If General Obligation bonds are passed by voters, will those funds be used for any other purposes?
How soon could construction on the bond projects begin?

How was the bond package developed?
In 2015, the Cedar Park City Council appointed a 15-member Bond Advisory Task Force made up of community members. The Task Force had the charge of reviewing capital improvement projects, which were primarily taken from existing master plans, and preparing an overall recommendation package comprised of four categories to be considered for a General Obligation bond election.

During the process, the Task Force studied the City’s various capital needs and considered long-range strategic plans related to City services and infrastructure. The Task Force engaged with the public throughout the process before finalizing its list of recommendations. Click here to see the Bond Advisory Task Force's final report.

In July, the Bond Advisory Task Force presented its recommendations to the City Council, who developed the final bond package that went before voters in November 2015. 

What are bonds? 
There are different types of bonds, but the type of bond being considered is a General Obligation bond, or GO bond. Bonds are a method used by cities to finance major capital projects. They work similarly to your home mortgage, through which you finance a large purchase over time. Bonds are a commonly used tool for growing cities. As population has rapidly grown in the City of Cedar Park, so has the demand for our services and infrastructure. Bonds can help the City manage this growth and demand for services. Individuals, insurance companies, pension plans, and other investors purchase the bonds providing the City money to pay for capital projects. These bonds are different from Certificates of Obligation (COs), and the City does not issue Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABs). 

How are bonds repaid?
GO bonds are repaid through the City’s ad valorem property tax, paid by owners of taxable property in Cedar Park. 

Will this impact our tax rate?
Based upon current economic conditions, a General Obligation Bond Rating of AA and increasing debt capacity due to paying off older bonds, the City can issue the proposed General Obligation bond package of $96.7 million, which includes issuance costs, over the course of five to seven years without increasing the current tax rate. 

If General Obligation Bonds are passed by voters, will those funds be used for any other purposes?
No. The bond initiative will be presented to voters in four categories (Streets and Roads, Public Safety, Public Library, Parks & Recreation). If a bond category is approved by voters, the approved funding may only be used for the specific category listed in the specific bond question. For example, approved Parks funding may not be used for Road projects. 

How soon could construction on the bond projects begin?
Some projects will begin soon; others could be more long-term. The City is planning for a five-to-seven year period for issuance of the bonds.