The approved propositions include development of 128 acres of new parkland
along the Brazos River with an adjacent festival site and a connecting network
of nearly 10 miles of hike and bike trails and bridges.
Voters opted against the use of property taxes to fund a future 65-acre major
community park located at Chatham Avenue and Easton Avenue.
“The bond election provided an opportunity for our residents to choose
whether to authorize property taxes to fund parks projects that were identified
through years of community input,” said Mayor James Thompson. “The vote
reaffirms that residents believe the approved projects are important to Sugar
Land’s quality of life and economic prosperity. It is our intent to keep the tax
rate as low as possible while maintaining the quality of service and amenities
that our residents expect.”
The proposed parks projects were recommended by a 100-member citizens’ bond
committee that met from March to May to prioritize the projects, consider
phasing opportunities and make funding recommendations.
The initiative was prompted by a lack of progress and reliable funding for
new parks and recreation projects included in the City’s Master Plans and
citizens asking for more recreational opportunities, high-quality parks and
public spaces for special events and festivals.
“The City will begin working to identify an implementation strategy for the
two quality of life projects approved by voters,” said City Manager Allen
Bogard. “The results of the bond election demonstrate the public’s continued
confidence in the City’s strong and responsible financial stewardship. The
City’s sound fiscal management has resulted in a AAA bond rating from Standard
& Poor’s and Fitch, allowing us to finance these projects at competitive