Cedar Hill Bond Proposals, Crime Proposition Appear Headed for Approval

Cedar Hill voters on Tuesday appeared well on their way to approving a new library and other projects based on early returns for three bond proposals worth $45 million.All three proposals enjoyed large leads, as did a proposition reauthorizing the city's Crime Control and Prevention District.A $20 million proposal to replace the city's current library with a new facility about twice as big was ahead in early returns with 67 percent of the vote. A proposal to fund $10 million in infrastructure improvements, to be specified at a later date, was leading with 75 percent of the vote.And a proposal to authorize $15 million for improvements to park and recreation facilities was ahead with 70 percent of the vote.A proposition to reauthorize the Crime Control and Prevention District, which designates a portion of existing sales tax revenue for community safety initiatives, was leading with 82 percent of the vote.Some of the bond items would help fund projects central to Cedar Hill's City Center plan, which aims to revamp a large part of the downtown area into a more walkable, mass transit-friendly space.An investigation by The Dallas Morning News found that some City Council members voted to approve parts of the City Center plan without disclosing that they own properties that could benefit.City officials disputed the Morning News account by issuing a statement on the city's website."In all of their disclosures, council members at all times followed state law and followed the advice of staff and legal counsel," the statement read.  Continue reading...

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