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2015 Abilene Bond Program
In June 2014, Abilene City Council appointed a seventeen-member citizen advisory committee to study the needs of our community. The Abilene Bond Election Advisory Committee met ten times to study pertinent issues, held public hearings to receive public input, and took field trips to survey proposed areas of need.
The result of the committee's research was a recommendation to put before Abilene voters $80.69 million bond package. City voters approved each of nine proposed projects in a May 2015 election.
The debt service on the 2015 bonds will be paid by Abilene citizens, which will cause an estimated property tax increase that will peak over five years at 16.94 cents per $100 valuation. After the fifth year, the tax rate for the bond projects is estimated to decrease.
Taylor County, Abilene Independent School District, and Wylie Independent School District tax rates will not be affected by these projects.
Proposition 1: Streets
The Streets and Road Improvements project will work on approximately 130 lane miles of roadway to rehabilitate existing travel lanes, replace and upgrade drainage facilities and curb and gutter, reconstruct intersections, create new travel lanes, reconstruct existing driveways and sidewalks where needed, and upgrading signal infrastructure with improved technology.
Proposition 2: Convention Center
Bond program improvements, completed in August 2016, have transformed the Abilene Convention Center into a modern, versatile venue that will accommodate a wide range of events.
Proposition 3: Sidewalks
Sidewalk improvements include construction of approximately 10 to 12 miles of public sidewalks.
Proposition 4: Public Safety
Public Safety improvements include a new fire apparatus maintenance facility, replacement of three fire stations, updates to the Fire Training Facility, and a new Police Records building.
Proposition 5: Zoo
Abilene Bond Project funds were used in addition to $1.2 million from private funds to fund five zoo improvement projects.
Proposition 6: Aquatics Center
A full renovation of Rose Park Pool gave way to a modern water recreation facility. The aquatic center opened in June 2017 as Adventure Cove.
Proposition 7: Splash Pad
Four new splash pads at various parks throughout the City make up Proposition Seven of the Bond Projects.
Proposition 8: Cedar Creek Waterway
The Parks and Recreation facilities along Cedar Creek Waterway and Lytle Creek Project will create nature trails along Cedar and Lyle Creeks from East South 11th Street to North 10th Street.
Proposition 9: Airport
The bond program dedicates $4.2 million to Proposition 9, a local match that enables Abilene Regional Airport to receive $38 million in federal airport improvement grants.