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City considers $80 million bond election

February 7, 2019 GMT

Pearland City Council is poised to call for an $80 million bond referendum on the May 4 ballot to fund widening of Bailey Road, construction of a new animal shelter and various drainage, parks and street improvements.

Voter approval of the proposed package is expected to increase the property tax rate of just under 70.92 cents per $100 by 3.75 cents, said Robert Upton, the city’s director of engineering.

“These projects are vital to the community and will have a significantly positive impact on quality of life with minimal impact on taxes,” city spokesman Joshua Lee said. “These projects will improve mobility across the city, reduce risk of flood damage and bring upgrades to city facilities that will improve our ability to serve residents of this community.”


City Council is expected to vote on the proposal at its Feb. 11 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive.

The bond package would support $19.5 million for the Bailey Road project, which would widen the two-land roadway to a four-lane boulevard, and $1.1 million for traffic improvements to parts of Pearland Parkway.

The package would provide money for a $14 million, 21,000-square-foot animal shelter and cover the first phase of a $1.3 million burn building for firefighter training.

Drainage projects covered through the package would include:

$17.3 million in street reconstruction and drainage improvements to the Willowcrest subdivision, which includes removal and replacement of curb inlets and the storm sewer system.

$5.5 million to remove and replace driveway culverts and widen and re-grade ditches in the West Lea subdivision

$4.7 million to construct the final phase of the Hickory Slough detention pond, which includes building out a storm-water lift station and weir structure.

$1.15 million in drainage improvements along Piper Road from FM 518 to Fite Road, which would include re-grading the ditches and resetting culverts. It would also include an asphalt overlay of the road.

$1.7 million in drainage improvements to the Mimosa Acres subdivision, including removal and replacement of driveways and culverts, storm sewer system and re-grading ditches.

Parks would also get a boost from the bond, with $10.5 million going toward Phase II improvements to Independence Park, $2.5 million going toward park recreation equipment and $1.66 million to fund the second phase of the John Hargrove Environmental Center Natural trail project, which will include a boardwalk, observation deck, paddle craft launch areas, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles and signage in addition to the possibility of a small playground.


The engineering department came up with an initial list of 18 projects.

“Those projects were presented to council in a bond package valued at about $120 million,” Upton said. “Basically, we set up a laundry list of projects and they were ranked based on priority. We worked with each of the departments — streets, drainage, facilities, police, fire, parks and so forth — and then prioritized them.”

The engineering department then presented the council with package options for $77 million, $90 million and $120 million.