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.