In April 2023, Williamson County once again affirmed its AAA bond rating, the highest rating possible, with both rating agencies Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor Global.
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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. In the end, the committee unanimously approved recommending calling the election and suggested 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 of projects to $825 million for roads and $59 million for parks.
There are 38 proposed road projects named in the order calling the election. Projects vary from right-of-way acquisitions to design to full construction and are located in all four county precincts. View the map of projects. View the descriptions of proposed projects. /documentcenter/view/7111/proposed-2023-bond-projects-description View a presentation of proposed projects.
The park bond measure includes a mixture of 14 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.
See more information in the Park Bond flyer. View the parks presentation here. See a list of projects with approximate costs here. /documentcenter/view/7060/2023-park-bond-flyer-edit1
The Citizens Bond Committee met six times from March through June to receive input on road and park projects 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. The Committee prioritize the list of projects based on safety and improved mobility and recommended road projects totaling more than $1.6862 billion and parks projects totaling just over $78.96 million.
If approved by the voters, we estimate 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.
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.