Early Voting Totals Point to Passage for Dallas' $1.05 Billion Bond Package

Early voting results show Dallas voters strongly in favor of all 10 propositions of a $1.05 billion bond package.The biggest ticket items in the bond -- streets and parks -- had overwhelming support among the more than 15,000 voters who showed up to the polls before Tuesday. A $55 million proposition for economic development fared the worst, but still had nearly two-thirds support.More than half the bond package was a streets proposition that includes money to resurface some of the city's most decrepit streets, such as parts of Walnut Hill Road in northwest Dallas, North Prairie Creek Road in Pleasant Grove and West Davis Street in North Oak Cliff. The funding will also help add bike lanes, repair sidewalks and convert some one-way streets -- McKinney and Cole Avenues in Uptown and Commerce Street in Deep Ellum -- into two-way roads.Included in the $262 million parks proposition are millions for trail improvements and connections, a large skate park at Bachman Lake, Crawford Memorial Park improvements, three new downtown parks and an expansion of Klyde Warren Park and the Singing Hills Recreation Center.Other proposals included $48.75 million for flood control projects, $20 million to house homeless people, money for a new fire station and two replacement stations, economic development dollars and repairs and improvements for cultural, police and other city facilities.  Continue reading...

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