Voters to decide bond issue; April 1 is last day to register to vote

E-T staff report
Proposition A for combined facilities use would combine the senior citizens center, city recreation center and city library, pictured here, into one new facility.
The current inside of the Stephenville Senior Center, 164 E. College St. Proposition A, if passed, would combine the senior citizens center, city recreation center and city library into one new facility.
Pictured is the inside of the Stephenville recreation center. Approval of Prop A would combine the senior citizens center, city recreation center and city library into one new facility.
If approved, Proposition B bond dollars would provide funding to the ongoing downtown revitalization project. The funds would help with certain target areas such as redoing streets, sidewalks, lighting, etc.
Approval of Proposition C would fund improvements to a section of Belknap Street from the Fort Worth and Western Railroad to Mason Street.

City of Stephenville voters will go to the polls on May 1 to decide on five proposed bond issues.

During its regular February meeting, the Stephenville City Council voted unanimously to send the bond projects to voters to decide.

"Voters have the ultimate choice here," Mayor Pro Tem Mark McClinton said at the time. "Our decision tonight is simply whether or not to place those bond items on the ballot for May."

If all five projects get voter approval, the total bond would be $21.275 million. However, voters could vote to approve some projects and not others.

The last day to register to vote in the election is April 1. For those who are unsure of their voting status, or to find out where to register, visit www.votetexas.gov/ or call (800) 252-8683 or (254) 965-8990.

Registered voters in the city of Stephenville will have the opportunity to vote "For" or "Against" the following propositions:

– Prop A: Combined facilities use. Approval of this proposition by voters would combine the senior citizens center, city recreation center and city library into one new facility. Funding would cover the design, construction and equipping of the new facility. The estimated cost of this project is $8 million.

According to information from the city of Stephenville, the cost of Prop A for taxpayers would be $0.3801 per $1,000 valuation. This breaks down to:

• Home valuation, $100,000; cost, $38.01

• Home valuation, $150,000; cost, $57.02

• Home valuation, $200,000; cost, $76.02

• Home valuation, $250,000; cost, $95.03

• Home valuation, $300,000; cost, $114.03

Prop B: Historic Downtown Revitalization. If approved, these bond dollars would provide funding to the ongoing downtown revitalization project. The funds would help with certain target areas such as redoing streets, sidewalks, lighting, etc. The estimated cost for this project is $5.385 million.

According to information from the city of Stephenville, the cost of Prop B for taxpayers would be $0.2562 per $1,000 valuation. This breaks down to:

• Home valuation, $100,000; cost, $25.62

• Home valuation, $150,000; cost, $38.43

• Home valuation, $200,000; cost, $51.24

• Home valuation, $250,000; cost, $64.05

• Home valuation, $300,000; cost, $76.86

Prop C: Improvements to Belknap Street. Approval of this proposition would fund improvements to a section of Belknap Street from the Fort Worth and Western Railroad to Mason Street. This would not include the street improvements included in Prop B. Projected cost for this project is $2.16 million.

According to information from the city of Stephenville, the cost of Prop C for taxpayers would be $0.1036 per $1,000 valuation. This breaks down to:

• Home valuation, $100,000; cost, $10.36

• Home valuation, $150,000; cost, $15.54

• Home valuation, $200,000; cost, $20.72

• Home valuation, $250,000; cost, $25.90

• Home valuation, $300,000; cost, $31.08

Prop D: Street improvements to First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Cage and Swan streets. This project is estimated to cost $3.73 million.

According to information from the city of Stephenville, the cost of Prop D for taxpayers would be $0.1781 per $1,000 valuation. This breaks down to:

• Home valuation, $100,000; cost, $17.81

• Home valuation, $150,000; cost, $26.72

• Home valuation, $200,000; cost, $35.62

• Home valuation, $250,000; cost, $44.53

• Home valuation, $300,000; cost, $53.43

Prop E: Next phase of the Bosque River Trail. According to the city's website, "the Bosque River Trail is a walking, hiking and biking trail that runs along the north bank of the Bosque River in Stephenville. The trail measures about 1.5 miles and is both open and wooded at various points. The trail connects the City Park, Boy Scout area and Historical Museum to the downtown area." Estimated cost of this project is $2 million.

According to information from the city of Stephenville, the cost of Prop E for taxpayers would be $0.0961 per $1,000 valuation. This breaks down to:

• Home valuation, $100,000; cost, $9.61

• Home valuation, $150,000; cost, $14.42

• Home valuation, $200,000; cost, $19.22

• Home valuation, $250,000; cost, $24.03

• Home valuation, $300,000; cost, $28.33

If all of the propositions are approved, the total cost to taxpayers would be $1.0141 per $1,000 valuation. This breaks down to:

• Home valuation, $100,000; cost, $101.41

• Home valuation, $150,000; cost, $152.12

• Home valuation, $200,000; cost, $202.82

• Home valuation, $250,000; cost, $253.53

• Home valuation, $300,000; cost, $304.23

If there are any businesses, community groups or other organizations that are interested in having a city representative speak at their events to help them better understand the bond election, call (254) 918-1215 or email aoliver@stephenvilletx.gov for more information.

Additional information on the proposed projects and bond election can be found on the city of Stephenville's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsville; a special bond election Facebook page at www.facebook.com/svillebond2021; or on the city's website at stephenvilletx.gov