Williamson County voters will decide in November whether to approve $315 million in bonds to improve a dozen roads and highways, three parks, an exposition center and three trails.
The proposed bond package includes $275 million for roads and $40 million for parks.
Bond approval won’t cause the tax rate to increase because the county has paid off enough debt to “have room to take on new debt,” said Connie Watson, the county spokeswoman.
The county last held a bond election in 2006, when voters approved $228 million in road bonds and $22 million in park bonds.
The proposed bond package includes money to extend North Mays Street in Round Rock from Paloma Drive to University Boulevard, and to widen County Road 101 to four lanes from U.S. 79 to north of Chandler Road in the eastern part of the county.
It also includes reconstructing and adding turn lanes to County Road 110 from U.S. 79 to University Boulevard in Round Rock; extending Kenney Fort Boulevard from Forest Creek Boulevard to Gattis School Road in Round Rock; and expanding Nameless Road from two lanes to five lanes from the Lakeline Boulevard extension to west of U.S. 183 in the southwestern part of the county.
Bonds are also proposed for a safety study of turn lanes and signals at the intersection of D.B. Woods Road and Texas 29; the construction of a bridge for Ronald Reagan Boulevard to cross Interstate 35, building a Texas 29 bypass from Interstate 35 to FM 2243 and adding improvements to FM 1431 from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Market Street in Cedar Park.
Proposed park improvements in the bond project include $10 million to expand the rodeo arena at the Williamson County Exposition Center in Taylor by adding a 25,000-square-foot expo hall and a 17,000-square-foot warm-up arena.
Amenities which haven’t yet been specified would be added to River Ranch County Park southwest of Liberty Hill, Blackland Heritage County Park off Texas 29 near Hutto and to Twin Lakes Park in Cedar Park.
Other improvements would include extending the Brushy Creek Regional Trail from Round Rock to Hutto, extending the Bagdad Road Trail toward Liberty Hill and extending the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park Trail southwest toward Lake Georgetown.
The individual costs for the road improvements and the park projects were not available.
The county will hold open houses to show the public the proposed bond projects, said Watson. The dates for the open houses have not yet been set.