Denton residents approved a $20.4 million street bond package by a wide margin Tuesday.
With early voting results and about a fourth of the city’s precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters supported the package.
With the voters’ approval in hand, the planning process for both construction and finance would begin shortly, according to Assistant City Manager Bryan Langley.
The bond sale would likely occur in March or April, and “project construction would begin soon after,” Langley said.
About two years ago, the city commissioned a report on the condition of its streets and learned that 990 street segments needed to be rebuilt. Consultants estimated work would cost $96 million.
The city is planning to do the work in $4 million increments over the next five years in order to avoid raising the property tax to pay the debt service.
The proposition also included up to $400,000 for street-related public art. The city’s public art committee has already recommended that the city help fund decorative panels that would go up along Interstate 35 after the freeway is expanded.
Aubrey and Sanger voters approved new local option propositions. Both cities allow stores to sell beer and wine, but the latest proposition legalized the sale of all alcoholic drinks, including mixed beverages.
The increased sales aren’t likely to bring much more revenue to city budgets, local officials have said. But local businesses, especially restaurants, may be better able to serve residents who might travel to dine in neighboring cities where alcohol is served.
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