McKinney residents will cast their votes on a $485.5 million bond measure that would improve the city’s park system, expand municipal facilities and improve streets. Election day is May 4, with early voting taking place between April 22 and 30. The city of McKinney is 33 miles north of Dallas.
Proposition E accounts for the largest portion of the bond, asking for $243.5 million to improve, expand and reconstruct streets. The proposition would allow the city to make related improvements and purchase property to improve mobility and safety, reduce congestion and address aging infrastructure. The proposal is the foundation for the city’s 10-year reconstruction program and is in accordance with its Capital Improvement Program.
Proposition A would allocate $106 million to improve the city’s park and recreation system. The city would use $60 million to build a multigenerational recreation facility. An additional $25 million would help improve Towne Lake Park, while the city would invest $20 million into improving the Gabe Nesbitt baseball and softball fields. The remaining $1 million would go toward adding pickleball courts across multiple parks.
Proposition D would allocate $70 million for public safety, including $22 million to build a fire station. The city would use $20 million to renovate the police administration building to include more space and a parking structure. The city would also use $12.5 million to reconstruct fire station No. 8.
McKinney would use $5.5 million to remodel fire station No. 3, adding a third apparatus bay, making all bays drive-through, building additional living quarter space, a fitness room and bunker gear storage. The city would also use $5 million to build a driver training pad and the remaining $5 million to acquire additional land.
Proposition B would provide $36 million to build a 36,000-square-foot municipal court facility to replace the existing building. The current building has roof, foundation, sewer, drainage, air flow and aesthetic issues. The replacement facility would include multiple court rooms, jury spaces, city marshal facilities, judge and prosecutor facilities and public gathering space. The funds would also help purchase land and build a parking facility.
Proposition C would deliver $30 million for the city to improve the public works south campus. Plans call for expanding the campus with additional yard and building space.
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