In a special meeting on Wednesday, August 4, the Lubbock City Council voted unanimously to pass the First Reading of an ordinance which would place a proposed $174.575 million bond package on the November ballot.

At a future meeting, if the City Council passes the Second Reading of the bond ordinance, the bond will be added to the ballot for the November 2 General Election. Lubbock voters will then decide whether or not to grant the City of Lubbock money for improvements to local infrastructure.

The nearly $175 million will come from a two-cent tax increase on Lubbock residents. EverythingLubbock reports that for a resident owning a median home in the city, it is around a $9 increase over the next five years.

The proposed infrastructure improvements include rebuild projects on 34th Street from Avenue Q to Interstate 27, Interstate 27 to Avenue A, and Quaker Avenue to Slide Avenue.

Street widening projects were also proposed;

  • Erskine Street from four lanes to five between Avenue S and I
  • 82nd Street from two lanes to three between I-27 and MLK Boulevard
  • 114th Street from three lanes to five between Indiana Avenue and city limits, east of University Avenue
  • 114th Street from two lanes to five between Frankford Avenue and Slide Road
  • Milwaukee Avenue from two lanes to five between CR 6430 and 4th Street
  • MLK Jr. Boulevard from two lanes to three between Loop 289 and 82nd Street
  • University Avenue from three lanes to seven between 98th Street and 114th Street
  • 98th Street from two lanes to three between Upland Avenue and Alcove Avenue
  • Upland Avenue from two lanes to five between 4th Street and 19th Street

Also nearly a quarter of the total bond will go to improving Broadway Street. The City is looking to either replace the red bricks or pave over them with red concrete.

The General Election will be on November 2. Early voting begins on October 14 and the last day to register to vote is October 4.

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