2023 Bond Election Passes
On November 7, 2023, Williamson County voters approved both county bond propositions for roads and parks. Proposition A was to authorize the issuance of bonds not to exceed $825 million for roads. Proposition B was to authorize the issuance of bonds not to exceed $59 million for parks and recreational improvements including trails.
On August 8, 2023, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved calling an election for two propositions on the November 7, 2023, General Election ballot.
The first is for voters to decide on whether or not to authorize the issuance of bonds not to exceed $825 million for roads. This proposition names 38 road projects located in all four county precincts that vary from right-of-way acquisitions to design to full construction.
The second is for issuing bonds not to exceed $59 million for parks and recreational improvements including trails. The park bond measure includes a mixture of proposed projects related to future parkland acquisition, facility development projects associated with Berry Springs Park and Preserve, Williamson County Expo Center and Twin Lakes Park, as well as several shared use path projects. Read the order calling the election here Version Options 2023 Bonds Headline. View the bond election brochure here Version Options 2023 Bonds Headline. Vea el folleto de elección de bonos aquí.
If approved by the voters, Williamson County estimates that the two bond propositions will not result in an increase in the county’s debt service tax rate of $.1339 per $100 of valuation. However, due to increases in property values, property owners might see an increase in their tax bill.
The Citizens Bond Committee
On March 28, 2023, the Commissioners Court appointed a Citizens Bond Committee to evaluate whether or not the county should consider bond elections for roads and parks. Each commissioners appointed two members and the County Judge appointed the chair of the committee. The Citizens Bond Committee held six public meetings across the county seeking input from a dozen cities in the county, municipal utility districts, county staff, the YMCA and other partners. A list of projects was gathered totaling more than $6 billion for roads and $127 million for parks, trails and recreation.
The committee unanimously approved recommending calling the election and worked with their precinct commissioner and county staff to prioritize the list of projects based on safety and improved mobility. The committee recommended road projects totaling more than $1.6862 billion and parks projects totaling just over $78.96 million.
The Commissioners Court decided that the voters should be given the opportunity to vote on whether or not to issue the bonds and refined the list with safety and improved mobility as the priority for the list totaling $825 million for roads and $59 million for parks.
History of Bond Elections
Williamson County voters have previously approved the sale of bonds for roads and parks in 2000, 2006, 2013 and 2019. In those elections, county voters passed bond packages for roads that constructed a total of 247 projects adding 376 new capacity lane miles and completed nearly 854 lane miles. The park bonds secured 4,843.86 acres of parks and preserves, 52 miles of trails, and expanded facilities at the Expo Center and at county parks.
The election is November 7. The last day to register to vote is October 10. The mail ballot application deadline is October 27. Early voting begins October 23 and ends November 3. Read the notice of the road and park bond election in English and Spanish here Version Options 2023 Bonds Headline. View a sample ballot for the bond election here Version Options2023 BondsHeadline. More information is available on the Elections website.
- Why is the County holding bond elections?
- What is included in the $825 million for roads?
- What is included in the $59 million for parks?
- How were the road and park projects selected?
- Will passing the bonds increase my taxes?
- What is the County’s bond rating?
- What projects were completed with previous voter-approved bonds?
- When is the election?