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October 29th, 2008
City of Kyle Channel: Council passes resolution supporting road bond

STAFF REPORT

The Kyle City Council passed a resolution in support of the $207 million Hays County road bond last week containing some of the strongest language to emerge on the issue from a governing entity.

The resolution doesn’t merely express support for the bond, but includes a foreboding warning as to what the city can expect if the bond doesn’t pass.

For example, according to the resolution, “without such funding support, the City of Kyle and Hays County will not be able to complete these road improvements and ensure the safe, efficient and reliable transportation and mobility of our residents, businesses and visitors; and will continue to see increased congestion, greater numbers of accidents, and increased expenditures of resources to respond to instances related to insufficient transportation options for drivers in Kyle and Hays County.”

While the resolution states the city council’s support for the road bond package, it does not go so far as to recommend that voters support the initiative. Instead, it “encourages” city voters to “become informed” about the package and “its potential impact” on the city and “to vote on” the proposal.

Substantially outgrowing its road capacity in recent years, Kyle has much to gain from the bond package, including state support for a conversion of Interstate-35 access roads through town from two-way to one-way. Back-ups on the east side access road at Kyle Parkway have become a special sore spot for motorists through the city.

The $207 million package is to be defrayed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which has promised to reimburse the county up to $133.2 million during the next 20 years in a pass-through financing agreement.

Download: Read the resolution

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