Bond Election Background
On February 6, 2018, City Council passed Resolution No. 2018-019 establishing the Duncanville Citizen Bond Advisory Committee as an ad-hoc committee.
Nineteen members were appointed to evaluate community needs and make recommendations to City Council on potential capital improvement projects to be presented to voters. The first committee meeting was held on March 8, 2018.
The Committee spent three months: discussing Duncanville’s financial position; bond capacity; reviewing recommendations from the Comprehensive Plan, Park Master Plan and Facility Condition and Needs Assessment Report; and reviewing potential projects.
During this time, they held a Public Town Hall Meeting (combined with budget input) and participated in City Field Tours (April 12 and 14). Committee members toured City facilities, streets and parks to view current conditions, and discussed and evaluated more than 40 potential projects.
After presentations from City staff, touring the City and its facilities, gathering information and two project scoring/determination meetings, the Bond Committee created a “Base” bond package with optional projects.
A joint meeting with City Council was held on July 12, 2018, where the Bond Committee presented their “Base” bond package and answered questions about each proposal. After additional meetings, City Council approved, on August 20, 2018, calling for an election in November to consider four propositions totaling $21,600,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a General Obligation Bond?
A General Obligation Bond is a financing option local and state governments use to fund certain projects. A bond program is a voter-authorized debt that is used to fund projects serving the entire community, usually large capital improvements.
Will this raise my taxes?
Proposed bond propositions do NOT include a tax rate increase.
How were the projects selected?
On February 6, 2018, City Council established the Duncanville Citizen Bond Advisory Committee with the task of evaluating community needs and making recommendations to City Council on potential capital improvement projects. The Committee held meetings, a Public Town Hall Meeting and participated in a City Field Tour. Using input from the meetings and tour, the Committee presented its recommendations to City Council during a joint meeting on July 12, 2018.Projects were selected based on various factors:
– Citizen Input (public input meetings, committees, organizations)
– Citizen & Council comments
– Comprehensive Plan Recommendations
– Park Master Plan Recommendations
– Facility Condition and Needs Assessment Report
- Limited ability to construct types of large capital projects through current funding sources
With specific projects and amounts allocated, can they change?
Yes. City Council has the discretion to update or change projects and adjust the amount allocated for specific projects (if the need arises assuming they do not exceed the authorized funding limit for that proposition). Monies will not float from one proposition to another. Project estimates are based on current pricing of materials and goods.
Do residents vote for the program with one vote?
No. All projects are segmented into four propositions. Each proposition will be on the ballot in accordance with legal requirements. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
When was the last Bond Election?
The last bond election was in 1998. All projects have been completed.
Early Voting Dates & Times:
Monday, October 22, 2018, through Friday, October 26, 2018
7 am to 7 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018
7 am to 7 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018
1 pm to 6 pm
Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2, 2018
7 am to 7 pm
Main Early Voting Polling Place:
Office of the Elections Department, First Floor, 509 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
Permanent Branch Early Voting Polling Place:
Duncanville Public Library, 201 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, Texas 75116
Early Voting Clerk:
Offices of the Elections Department, First Floor, 509 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
Voters entitled to vote and early ballot by personal appearance may do so at any Early Voting site located in the County in which they reside.
Election Day Locations & Hours:
Election Day & Time:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7 am to 7 pm
Election Precinct & Polling Place & Address
3200: H Bob Daniel Sr Intermediate School, 1007 Springwood Ln., Duncanville, TX 75137
3201: Duncanville Library, 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville, TX 75116
3202: Duncanville Library, 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville, TX 75116
3203: Duncanville’s First Baptist Church, 232 W. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, TX 75116
3204: Reed Middle School, 530 E. Freeman St. Duncanville, TX 75116
3205: Reed Middle School, 530 E. Freeman St. Duncanville, TX 75116
3206: Duncanville HS Performance Hall, 900 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Duncanville, TX 75116
3207: Southwest Harvest Church, 201 W. Center St. Duncanville, TX 75116
3208: Central Elementary School: DUISD, 302 E. Freeman St. Duncanville, TX 75116
3209: Duncanville HS Performance Hall, 900 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Duncanville, TX 75116
3210: Fairmeadows Elem School, 101 E. Fairmeadows Dr. Duncanville, TX 75116
3211: Fairmeadows Elem School, 101 E. Fairmeadows Dr. Duncanville, TX 75116
3600: Northside Elem School, 525 Ray Ave. DeSoto, TX 75115