2017 Bond Election

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Election - May 6; Early Voting – April 24-May 2


The City Council of San Marcos, Texas has called a bond election for May 6, 2017. Early voting will take place from April 24 to May 2, 2017. The bond election includes two separate propositions for public safety and library projects.

How will this affect my taxes?


If both initiatives pass, the city will be authorized to issue bonds in the maximum principal amount of $32.2 million, a tax rate increase 8.37 cents per $100 of valuation*. That amounts to $10.46 a month for the average homeowner, or $125.55 per year for a $150,000 home (the approximate average home value in San Marcos).

What are these bonds for?



Public Safety: Projected tax rate increase of 5.3 cents per $100 of valuation*



Police Department renovations (Capital costs $5.5 million):
This project will:
Renovate the existing 911 center
Add security and perimeter fencing
Renovate the parking
Replace existing HVAC equipment
Create new offices in the police station.

Holland Fire Station #2 relocation (Capital costs $5.2 million):
This project will:
Replace the 63-year-old structure that the station has occupied since its opening in 1954 and relocate the station to a new site at Wonder World Drive and Old Ranch Road 12.

Highpointe Fire Station #8 construction (Capital costs $4.5 million):
In 2016, the City Council negotiated with a developer to contribute $2.5 million towards the cost of an additional fire station on the east side of IH-35.
The $4.5 million in capital costs listed above is the City’s share of the new facility and new fire apparatus.

Fire Training Field (Capital costs $2 million):
This facility will allow San Marcos Firefighters to conduct training, including but not limited to:
Residential and high rise live fire training
Rope and trench rescue
Confined space rescue
Vehicle extrication
Fire, police, and EMS integrated response training.

San Marcos Library Expansion: Projected tax rate increase of 3.07 cents per $100 of valuation*



The Library Expansion (Capital cost $14.5 million)
The project will:
Increase the size of the library by 29,000 square feet creating additional meeting rooms, classrooms and enclosing the children’s room
Renovate the existing 27,000 square feet of the facility, which was built in 1992, and replace the original carpet and furniture
Provide a drive-through book drop
Expand the library's parking lot
Meet the recommended standards set by the American Planning Association. The American Planning Association library standards recommend 0.7 square feet per capita. San Marcos Public Library currently provides 0.4 square feet per capita. The expansion would provide 0.83 square foot per capita, meeting the requirements for serving a future population of 80,000.
*Based on current appraisal values, which are subject to change

How did this bond election come about?



The San Marcos City Council created the Community Improvements Task Force in October 2016. The Task Force was made up of a group of 30 citizens and held nine meetings before making a recommendation to City Council. Acting on the recommendation of the task force, the City Council called the bond election in February 2017.

How do I find out more?



Visit one of our upcoming bond open house meetings:

March 20 San Marcos Activity Center Room 3, 501 East Hopkins 6 to 8 p.m.
April 10 League of Women Voters Event, San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins 6:30-9:30 p.m.
April 12 Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton Street, San Marcos TX 78666 6 to 8 p.m.
April 13 San Marcos High School PAC Auditorium, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos TX 6 to 8 p.m.
April 19 Goodnight Middle School, 1301 SH 123, San Marcos TX 78666 6 to 8 p.m.
May 1 KAD Korner Store C.M. Allen Homes, 820 Sturgeon St. San Marcos TX 78666 6 to 8 p.m.


El Concejo Municipal de la Ciudad de San Marcos, Texas, ha convocado una elección de bonos a celebrarse el 6 de mayo de 2017. La votación anticipada se llevará a cabo del 24 de abril al 2 de mayo de 2017. La elección de bonos incluye dos propuestas separadas para la seguridad pública y proyectos de biblioteca.

¿Cómo surgió esta elección de bonos?

El Concejo Municipal de la Ciudad de San Marcos creó un Grupo de Trabajo para Mejoras Comunitarias en octubre de 2016. El Grupo está compuesto de 30 ciudadanos, los cuales celebraron nueve reuniones antes de hacer una recomendación al Concejo de la ciudad. Siguiendo la recomendación del Grupo de Trabajo, el Concejo convocó la elección de bonos en febrero de 2017.

¿Dónde puedo hallar más información?

Visita el sitio web de la Ciudad de San Marcos web en www.sanmarcostx.gov/bondelection o asiste a una de nuestras próximas reuniones de bonos abiertas al público, o llama al Ayuntamiento al 512.393.8000.

20 de marzo, de 6 - 8pm
San Marcos Activity Center, Sala 3 501 East Hopkins Street

12 de abril, 6 - 8pm
Cuauhtemoc Hall
1100 Patton Street

1ro de mayo, 6 - 8pm
KAD Korner Store CM Allen Homes 820 Sturgeon Street

¿Cómo afectará esto a mis impuestos?

*Basado en los valores de tasación actuales, los cuales están sujetos a cambio.

Si ambas iniciativas son adoptadas, la Ciudad quedará autorizada a emitir bonos por la cantidad máxima de principal de $32.2 millones, un aumento de impuestos 8.37 centavos por cada $100 de valoración*. Esto resultará en $10.46 dólares al mes para el propietario promedio, o $125.55 por año para una casa valorada en $150,000 (el promedio aproximado del valor de una casa en San Marcos).

¿Qué proyectos serán impactados por estos bonos?
La expansión de la Biblioteca de San Marcos
Un aumento estimado en la tasa de impuestos de 3.07 centavos por cada $100 de valoración.

La ampliación de la biblioteca
(El capital cuesta $14.75 millones.) Este proyecto:

• Aumentará el tamaño de la biblioteca en unos 29,000 pies cuadrados adicionales mediante la creación de salas de reuniones, aulas y el encerrado de la sala de niños.