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KYLE — The Kyle City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss a possible road bond package for the May general election and, possibly, to direct city staff to prepare an ordinance or resolution to call for such an election.

The council has been working on a bond package to put before voters as part of the May 2013 election. The bonds would finance engineering, design services and construction for up to five road projects identified during the city’s visioning process conducted in 2012.

“This may very well be the city council’s most important decision of 2013,” Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said. “We need to hear from as many residents as possible regarding how, or if, we proceed with this process. Irrespective of how we move forward, and whatever we decide, our community will feel the effects for years to come.”

The projects under consideration are the reconstruction of Burleson, Lehman, Goforth, and Bunton Roads, as well as the extension of Marketplace Avenue to Burleson Road. The total impact on the tax rate for the $52 million project is estimated to be about 21 cents per $100 of valuation on the average Kyle home. The council will consider which projects to include in the bond package and how to phase in the projects to minimize the impact on homeowners.

The council has worked on the specifics of the bond package while taking comments from citizens at several meetings. The public was invited to attend an information meeting on Jan. 19 to learn more about the proposed bonds and the roads being considered. The city also held an informational meeting on Jan. 26.

A complete analysis of the proposed road projects is available at cityofkyle.com.

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