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Montgomery County Proposes $280 Million Road Funding Proposal

Montgomery County recently announced a proposal for a $280 million road bond in order to support the county’s growing population. Last May, a similar $350 million bond package failed to pass among voters in the area. A tea party organization called the Texas Patriots PAC  led the campaign against the fund proposal. The county judge, along with a precinct commissioner, reached […]

Montgomery County recently announced a proposal for a $280 million road bond in order to support the county’s growing population.

Last May, a similar $350 million bond package failed to pass among voters in the area. A tea party organization called the Texas Patriots PAC  led the campaign against the fund proposal. The county judge, along with a precinct commissioner, reached an agreement with the group last Friday.

County Judge Craig Doyal said May’s bond proposal was the second package to not pass this year.

“We were hesitant to attempt another bond this year,” Doyal said in a press release. “But the County’s mobility needs are so acute that we had to try and see if we could come to a proposal we could all support. We all want what is best for the county, which provided a strong foundation to build agreement upon.”

The proposed bond would divide the $280 million into three precincts: Precinct 3 would receive $84 Million, Precinct 4 $68 Million and Precincts 1 and 2 $64 Million each. The parties also agreed for a $70 million bond proposal in 2018.  Doyal said the funding package could serve as a model for other counties in Texas.

The parties involved said they had to develop a new level of trust to strike the deal.

“During these discussions, we came to feel more comfortable as there was real give and take as we worked together. When you get to know people, you sometimes realize you have more in common than you thought,” said Doyal.

“While it is not perfect, this new bond is clearly a step in the right direction for Montgomery County,” said former State Rep. Steve Toth.

Judge Doyal has scheduled a special session at the Montgomery Commissioners Court in order to consider the new November 2015 Road Bond.

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