Fort Bend

Fort Bend voters approve $865 million bond for mobility, parks projects

The mobility funds will go toward projects such as road repairs, construction and traffic safety improvements. About $245 million from the bond will go toward projects that are already in progress.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 midterm election continues through Friday.
Julia Reihs / KUT
Early voting for the Nov. 8 midterm election continues through Friday.

Fort Bend voters approved the county's largest bond in its history Tuesday night.

The $865 million bond included two propositions: roughly $712 million in funding for mobility projects, and another $153 million for parks projects.

With 96% of precincts reporting, about 65% of voters approved the mobility bond. Roughly 52% of voters approved the parks bond.

The mobility funds will go toward projects such as road repairs, construction and traffic safety improvements. About $245 million from the bond will go toward projects that are already in progress.

The parks bond money will be used to upgrade facilities, develop cricket fields and pickleball courts and construct a sports complex, among other projects.

Some community members, including some city leaders, opposed the bond, saying the county commissioners were overspending. In an October interview with Houston Public Media, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman called the bond an "overreach."

Throughout the election season, the county held numerous information sessions in different cities to answer questions about the bond.

As early results came in Tuesday night, Fort Bend County Judge KP George said voters' decisions reflected their investment in the county's growth.

"People are seeing what we are doing in Fort Bend County," he said. "And people are supporting it."