Community colleges, school districts, cities, special districts seek OK for projects
From a $498 million community college proposal that would lead to construction of new facilities on virtually all of its campuses to a more than $3.8 million referendum by a county hospital district to build a new emergency department and expand other areas of the county hospital, voters across Texas will decide a total of more than $5.1 billion in bond referendums in May 2013.
Early voting closed Tuesday for voting in bond issues including cities, community colleges, hospital districts and more than four-dozen school districts of all sizes throughout the state. The bond issues that pass will result in millions of dollarsâ€™ worth of contracting opportunities for both large and small vendors and prime contractors and subcontractors. Hereâ€™s a sampling of some of the bond issues:
A community college near Houston is seeking voter approval of $40M in bonds for extensive renovations, upgrades and improvements to several facilities; A Central Texas city is seeking $51.9 million in bonding authority for road and street improvements;
A city near Dallas is seeking approval of a $98.3 million bond vote that will be in four propositions and address park improvements, road construction and repair, economic development projects and recreation center improvements;
A Hill Country school district is seeking passage of a $5.8 million bond election, the proceeds of which would fund capital projects such as technology, HVAC and roof renovations;
A small school district near Amarillo is seeking passage of an $8.5 million bond election to provide funding for technology equipment to include iPads, notebooks and smart boards as well as security improvements, playground equipment, buses, roof repairs and the addition of paved curbs and gutters;
A hospital district in Upton County is floating a $20 million bond issue that would result in construction of a new 6,000-square-foot hospital facility with a nursing home; and
A school district in San Antonio is asking voters to approve an $83 million bond election that will build two new elementary schools and a new high school campus.
This is only a sampling of the bond issues. Those that pass will result in contracting opportunities for building construction, furniture, HVAC service, roof repairs, engineering and architectural services, road repairs and more. For details, one can contact the Strategic Partnerships, Inc.â€™s May 2013 Bond Report includes important details on the more than 100 bond elections up for a vote. It also will include election results and an outline of bond proposals under consideration for November of this year and beyond.