If city leaders opt to move forward, an estimated $80 million bond referendum could go to Friendswood voters in November.
A citizens advisory committee this summer came before city council to recommended five propositions — the largest, about $49 million accounting for inflation, would be earmarked for drainage and public works improvements.
“The drainage issue is in the forefront of everyone’s mind; it’s still fresh,” Councilman John Scott told fellow councilmembers July 1. “We have a responsibility to work the number, because seven years from now when the taxes are hitting people. We haven’t had a hurricane. We haven’t had a storm, they want to know why their taxes are so high. We need to understand that.”
Other projects would include a $7.8 million civic center/shelter, $6.5 million in parks improvements including pool replacement, $9.1 million for public safety buildings and $7.1 million for various transportation improvements.
Councilman Scott warned of inflation and emphasized vetting the project numbers.
“We’ve passed bonds in the past and weren’t able to complete all of the work that was intended because the cost of the projects went up too high. We’re the ones who will bear the responsibility if it passes. It’s our responsibility to make sure we’re as close to a real number as we can be.”
“We went to do what’s best for this city,” Councilman Brent Erenwert said. “We just have to determine what the costs are and how much it’s going to cost each citizen.”
“Ultimately, staff is in support of what council choose to do,” City Manager Morad Kabiri told the council, “whether that is to move forward with the bond proposition as presented by the committee, some combination thereof or whatever you feel is best.”
City Council meets the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Dr., and a period for public comment is provided at each meeting.
For information, past meeting minutes or full agendas, visit www.ci.friendswood.tx.us.