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The city of Killeen favors scrapping a proposed $30 million bond election on the May 5 ballot to help identify possible funding for two road projects in south Killeen, according to a Killeen City Council workshop agenda.

On Tuesday, Killeen City Manager Ron Olson will recommend the council “strategically defer” a bond election that would pay for two road projects designed to ease traffic congestion surrounding new school facilities in a potential $426 million Killeen school district bond going before voters in May.

The two projects include the estimated $27 million expansion of Chaparral Road and the $3 million expansion of East Trimmier Road.

Olson previously said preliminary design work and right-of-way analyses would not be conducted for the two projects prior to the bond going on the ballot.

“We are very early in this process, and there are things we don’t know or understand,” he said Jan. 9.

Under the city’s proposed plan, Olson’s administration would move ahead with preliminary work on the projects while seeking area and federal funding to supplement the city’s investment. Possible partners include the city of Harker Heights, Bell County, the Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2, the Killeen school district and the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization, a clearinghouse for federally funded area transportation projects.

“At a future date, City Council will be able to make an informed decision about the proper funding of these projects,” the memorandum reads.

If the council reaches a consensus to not move forward with the bond Tuesday, its next opportunity to bring the bond up for voter approval would be Nov. 8.

Killeen’s ability to identify funding could have an effect on the school district’s planned schools.

Killeen school district Superintendent John Craft told the Herald Dec. 12 if the city of Killeen does not find the money to provide infrastructure for new school construction, some projects that are part of the KISD bond steering committee’s recommendation could be put on hold.

Craft said the proposed new high school, with an estimated cost of $171 million, set to be built on a 67.5-acre lot on Chaparral Road south of the Killeen police station, would require the city and other governmental entities to make improvements to the road.

Otherwise, access to the new school would be problematic, Craft said. The city estimated the new schools in the vicinity of Chaparral Road would add up to 8,000 car trips per day on surrounding roads.

The district’s deadline to place its bond proposition on the May 5 ballot is Feb. 16.

The council will hold a regular meeting prior to the workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St. The council’s workshop will immediately follow the meeting at the Utilities Collection Building, 210 W. Avenue C.

The council agenda can be viewed at killeen.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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(6) comments

eyewatchingu

@Alvin, the other day was dolly's birthday. Which reminded my hubby of a song, and a movie. He made me watch it the movie and listen to the songs. He said they both reminded him of me.
First was Harper Valley PTA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ivUOnnstpg

The second one was Backwoods Barbie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJBz1U6Y-pg

Have a good laugh, yet I can honestly say he hit it on the nose.

eyewatchingu

@Alvin yes you said it right. I just wanted to see you put in words that all could understand!
You my dear Alvin, are always on top of it. I got to go dust off my thigh high boots and pull out my short skirts. I may need to get me a pair of six inch metal tipped heels, because I sure hate to get my little toes dirty. Easier to clean off the Doggie Doo and I can always stab the cheery with my heel.

My Hubby use to say I was a sadist, now he says I am a masochist. I just might have to break out my cat of nine tails, to remind him which I am.

Sending much love to you and yours.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@eyewatchingu: I thought I was pretty upfront with my words, but if was not clear then I will restate it: Don't go spending money we do not have nor will we vote an increase in the amount of money. We have a deficiency in roadway repair and maintenance.

It is not advisable that this city go for any of the more decisive tax structures as they will not pass.


My advice is 'do not in the foreseeable future put a bond notice for either the city proper or school department.

Did you get a chance to see ''District 54 GOP candidates meet at Lampasas forum'' before it was pulled. If not, you should read this.


This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

This is just a trick, come nov. they will put it back up. Come on Alvin your smarter then that. I know you are not going to fall for the look over here reach around. Look and watch the stories they ran today. They are pushing a personal agenda and the whisper campaigns have already started. I have already started reporting them. snapping pictures of the post on websites, hidden groups and so on.
When one chooses to vote for those that belong to groups that do not have the best interest in all of the citizens, because they seek only to keep AMERICANS hostage. Well then nothing will ever change.
I have chosen not post any of my stuff this time as I will not allow them to use my own personal thoughts, work and research.
They cry that Vets get discounts on property tax, yet none sys a word about those that have hidden their properties in trust funds so they can avoid paying their fair share of Taxes. Yet they chose to vote for Bonds and so on.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Copy: 'Under the city’s proposed plan, Olson’s administration would move ahead with preliminary work on the projects while seeking area and federal funding to supplement the city’s investment. Possible partners include the city of Harker Heights, Bell County, the Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2, the Killeen school district and the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization, a clearinghouse for federally funded area transportation projects.' End of copy.

Where is this city going to find the funds not only to provide the much needed roadway projects that are sorely needed because this city is shelving so many of the projects now and the list of the required service and maintenance projects continue to grow. Lets take care of the service and maintenance needs now so that whenever extra money comes along, then we can talk about extending service.

So it seems to me that the dire straights this city is in right now should be what we want would want to rectify as of right now not the 'preliminary work on these future projects'.

It seems to me that the administrative group has not learned just what it takes to 'operate a city' in that not only do you have to come up with the funds necessary to 'construct a roadway, but it takes funds to maintain that same roadway'. This town seems like they only want to provide funding for the prior, but not the secondary issues. When and if this city comes up with the required $27 million plus, on a graduated scale', then possibly we can consider other projects.

I am against not only the city bond but also the school district bond.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

LOL, the city now wants to defer the proposed bond election. The KILLeen officials know the people are too poor to fund their extravagant spending and lavish tastes. The golden goose, the poor of KILLeen have no more loot to give the self proclaimed KINGS, QUEENS, Princes, Princesses, scoundrels, jesters, and clowns. The jig is up EMPEROR of KILL. the peasants know without them you can't wear lavish designer clothes, drive Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, etc...[innocent][rolleyes][lol]

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