$60 million bond election approved for May 12 by Rockwall Council

ROCKWALL – The Rockwall City Council approved a resolution at their regular meeting last week calling for a $60 million bond election May 12, in conjunction with City and School Board elections.

Voters can vote for any or all of four proposed capital improvement projects. If all are approved – in a worst case scenario – the 50.31 cents per $100 valuation tax rate could increase 15.6 cents, a 30% hike.

The projects are:

-A $25 million youth sports complex, which supporters say will generate thousands of dollars in revenue for the City
-A$19 million in street, road and infrastructure repair
-A$10 million in Old Town Rockwall parking and other improvements
-A $6 million lakeside “Heritage Park,” just north of Highway 66

The athletic complex would require 162 acres of land. It would include nine baseball fields, three softball fields and two synthetic turf fields along with two soccer enclaves with a variety of field sizes, a football-soccer practice area and playground, a pavilion and concession and restroom facilities.

Downtown improvements would include sidewalk and street reconstruction, landscaping and lighting. At Heritage Park, visitors could view the “rock wall,” which gave Rockwall its name.

Street projects range from ramps along Interstate 30 and work on Boydstun Street and County Line Road.

According to City Secretary Kristy Ashberry, information about the election will be posted on the City website after the Council approves the public information plan, probably not until at least their April 1 meeting.

Groups are expected to organize to promote voting for and against the four projects. No further information is available at this time.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher






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