Parks Bond Proposition: Election Day May 4, 2019
On February 4, 2019, the City of Fredericksburg City Council approved submitting a bond proposition to the voters. If approved by the voters, this proposition would provide bond funding for the creation of a new community sports park. The park would include baseball, softball, and soccer fields, as well as tennis courts. The proposition would also fund the renovation of Oak Crest Park. The following is intended to inform voters of the project parameters so they can make an informed decision on this bond election.
Amount of Proposed bond: $6.1 million
Date of Election: May 4, 2019 (Early Voting April 22 - 26 and April 29 - 30)
Voting Location: Girl Scout Cabin located at 202 W. Austin Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Project Location: South State Highway 16 between Oak Crest Park and the Gillespie County Airport - These 42 acres were purchased by the City for park use in the spring of 2017.
Date of Completion: If approved by voters, the park is anticipated to be complete by the spring of 2022.
Anticipated Amenities Include: 4 Lighted Baseball/Softball Fields, 5 Soccer Areas (2 - 4 fields per area), 4 Tennis Courts, Renovate 1 Baseball Field at Oak Crest Park, Restrooms, Food Truck Areas
Estimated Tax Impacts:
- No impact to senior citizen's homestead age 65 & older who have applied for exemptions and not made any major improvements to homestead
- Debt Service Estimate: 1.67₵ per $100 property value
- Tax Impacts Estimate on $300,000 home: $50.10 per year
- Initial Tax Impacts to begin in 2020
- Estimated Annual Revenue from team sports and tournaments: $15,000
- Estimated Annual Maintenance & Operations Costs: $450,000
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What's different from the previous Bond Election in November 2017?
- Proposed Bond Issue decreased from $12.6 million to $6.1 million
- Tax rate estimated at 1.6 cents vs. previous estimate of 3 to 3.5 cents per $100 property value
- Gillespie County cash contribution of $2.3 million for a total project cost of $8.4 million
- Added 4 tennis courts
- Removed 2 baseball fields
- Decreased parking by 50%
- Replaced concession buildings with food truck areas
- Removed lighting on one soccer field
- Removed playgrounds, pavilions, benches, signage, trash receptacles, landscaping, trees, bleachers
- Local Sports Associations to fundraise for amenities removed from the 2017 project
For additional information or to schedule a presentation to your group, please contact:
Andrea Schmidt, Parks & Recreation Director