Early voting in the city’s oft discussed bond election ends this Friday.
The four propositions to be on the ballot call for 1. New facilities and upgrades for the fire department, 2. A library expansion and renovation, 3. Acquiring new parkland, expanding and improving existing parks and 4. Street improvements. They are based on recommendations from a group of volunteer citizens who researched the city’s wish list and selected projects they believed were most needed for bond funding.
Although the last bond election failed, the city held a successful one in 2003.
Critics of the current proposition on streets cite the 2003 package was to include an extension of Brittany Bay, and there are no guarantees that the added debt to taxpayers would bring the stated improvements. Former councilwoman Deirdre Brown has questioned why the city opted to hold a November election vs. May – at an added cost of about $20,000 – when it has been stated that no bonds would be issued until 2015.
Sample ballots for the election can be found at www.harrisvotes.org and www.galvestonvotes.org. Early voting hours and polling locations vary by county. Voting hours on Election Day are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Detailed election information can be found at www.ci.friendswood.tx.us or by contacting the City Secretary’s Office, 281-996-3270.