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Killeen city administrators favor a $30 million bond to pay for infrastructure tied to the Killeen school district’s potential $426 million debt issue, according to Killeen City Council discussion Tuesday.

City Manager Ron Olson said the city was proposing putting $30 million in debt up for voter approval to pay for two road projects surrounding four planned school facilities in the vicinity of Chaparral Road.

The two projects include the expansion of Chaparral Road from two to five lanes at an estimated cost of $21.5 million, and the expansion of East Trimmier Road south of Stagecoach Road from two to five lanes at an estimated cost of $7 million.

Olson said two other road projects identified in previous bond discussions were outside of the city’s five-year infrastructure horizon and would possibly not be included. Those projects include the expansion of West Trimmier Road between Stagecoach and Chaparral roads from two to five lanes at an estimated cost of $7.9 million, and the expansion of Featherline Road between Stagecoach and Chaparral roads from two to five lanes at an estimated cost of $9 million.

The bond referendum is expected to be placed on the May 5 ballot as a companion to the KISD bond. The deadline to submit the ballot paperwork is Feb. 16.

The council appeared resigned to the necessity of a city bond during discussion, saying residential growth in south Killeen and the movement of the KISD board of trustees made an associated bond mandatory.

“It’s not might or maybe — we are going to (grow)” Councilman Jonathan Okray said. “It would be wise to do what we need to do to run parallel with this expansion.”

Olson said improvements to Chaparral Road, which is a primarily county-owned road that extends into Harker Heights, would possibly be funded through an interlocal agreement with the county and Heights. Because the county has preliminarily committed to only building Chaparral to county standards — a two-lane road — the city of Killeen would be responsible for roughly 60 percent of the construction.

Olson said the city had not yet performed design studies or right-of-way analyses for the two projects, presenting a degree of unknown to the bond referendum.

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

In other business, the council:

Discussed altering the Killeen Economic Development Corporation’s bylaws. The alterations would clarify meeting notices and Texas Open Meetings Act regulations, among other stipulations.

Discussed long-term budget strategies as planning for the fiscal year 2019 budget begins. Olson identified a group of projects he wanted the council to consider, including employee compensation that is significantly below market average, a change in direction for city employee retirement plans and needed funds for the city’s estimated $35 million in deferred road maintenance needs.

Reached a 4-3 consensus to not pursue changes to the city’s street light ordinance, which requires developers to place lights at every city intersection and at 1,200-foot intervals in city neighborhoods.

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(6) comments

Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs Alvin there is very little I can add to your comments other than I completely agree. The four horsemen were a powerful line long ago for the Vikings in the NFL. Killeen has a powerful line as well except Killeen's line is made up of four jack asses I do believe. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@eyewatchingu: There should be some way that people that do not go along with this city's administration can come together. I just wish that these opposing people would write something in opposition, to let this city's administration know how they feel. If not, the same old 6's and 8's are going to keep coming up.

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One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

Vote NO on all bonds. This Mayor and the ret of them don't understand their is no more money and that shows in the decrease in BAH for incoming soldiers.

@Alvin, I wish I had a way to send you these Military studies I have. Also I will talk to you after the 17th. I am going to need you to keep me sane [smile]

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SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

The little city that could never say no to any SCAM CON or TRICK needs money, lots of money. Don't let your beloved little city die, give until it hurts so the little city can live. LMFAO

centexdave

Vote NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alvin

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Copy: 'Killeen city administrators favor a $30 million bond to pay for infrastructure tied to the Killeen school district’s potential $426 million debt issue, according to Killeen City Council discussion Tuesday.'
Continuation of copy: 'City Manager Ron Olson said the city was proposing putting $30 million in debt up for voter approval to pay for two road projects surrounding four planned school facilities in the vicinity of Chaparral Road.' End of copy.

This is an end run approach to getting the money. What about the $27 million shortfall that we are already experiencing, that we don't have the roadway maintenance that is required???? In my opinion, the new city manager is 'selling out the citizens of Killeen' and has been all along.

Copy: “It’s not might or maybe — we are going to (grow)” Councilman Jonathan Okray said. “It would be wise to do what we need to do to run parallel with this expansion.” End of copy.

In my opinion, that is a dumb statement to state that, in essence, we are going to require the citizens of this city to borrow the money, bonding, come 'H*ll or high water' because this city council says so. I say again, 'What about the $27 million dollars that is already in shortfall because this city is experiencing a money crisis from spending too much???? What about the almost $300 million that this city already owes???? I say this has got to stop.

Copy: 'The council appeared resigned to the necessity of a city bond during discussion, saying residential growth in south Killeen and the movement of the KISD board of trustees made an associated bond mandatory.' End of copy.

Copy: 'In other business, the council:
Discussed altering the Killeen Economic Development Corporation’s bylaws. The alterations would clarify meeting notices and Texas Open Meetings Act regulations, among other stipulations.' End of copy.

Now what did this tell you???? Nothing, nothing that is of importance. What are the proposed alterations to the Killeen Economic Development Corporation's bylaws???? This is just another delaying tactic that this city administration has been using for years. Years back, the city council used to have a more 'open platform', one in which the city council would be minuted with votes on each measure was announced, by council person, but not any more. This council has become more secretive not wanting to announce 'who voted for what'. They don't want to announce that the quorum of 4 was still in control of this city, and in my estimation, that will be the end of this city.

You can tell by the voting of things on the newspaper poll. The citizens do not want these expensive bonds that will sink this city into further debt, but the city administration does.

Copy: 'Discussed long-term budget strategies as planning for the fiscal year 2019 budget begins. Olson identified a group of projects he wanted the council to consider, including employee compensation that is significantly below market average, a change in direction for city employee retirement plans and needed funds for the city’s estimated $35 million in deferred road maintenance needs.'
Continuation of copy: 'Reached a 4-3 consensus to not pursue changes to the city’s street light ordinance, which requires developers to place lights at every city intersection and at 1,200-foot intervals in city neighborhoods.' End of copy.

In my opinion, this is just another attempt to color these projects in a way that this city administration feels will be more palatable, but in the long run, we are still going to be pulling these builders out of the mire that we have gotten ourselves into, the building of 3,750 homes just outside of the city limits and providing the schools and roadways that are needed to satisfy these requirements. Is that what the citizens of this city want, or need????

And the 4 to 3 decision by this council of the street lighting is just another example of this council and the way it votes, in block format,

It would be one thing if this council would offer to 'take it in piecemeal fashion' in an attempt to satisfy the requirements of this minority council, but to just deny any attempt, well this is what you get when a quorum of 4 council members can swing the state of the city in their favor. “D*m the torpedoes, full speed ahead'. It's not what the citizens want, it's what the city administration wants.

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