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Denton Street Bond Would Fund Public Art

A portion of $20 Million bond package is allocated for public art



    Leaders in Denton have called for a 20-million dollar bond election to improve the streets. (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2012)

    Voters in Denton will have the option to vote on street improvements in the November election. The Denton City Council has called for a $20 Million dollar bond election. The majority of the money would go towards street improvements and repairs in the city.

    "We've got to get this done. It's really important to pass this bond election because the streets are going to get worse. If we don't pass this, we are just kicking the can down the road," Citizen's Bond Advisory Committee member Tim Crouch said.

    Most drivers in Denton agree that the streets could use a makeover; however, some are concerned about where the bond money will be spent. A chunk of the money will go towards public art instead of streets.

    "The city council passed a resolution in 2006 that said all bond packages would have two to four percent allocated to public art. To make this a better place to live in a lot of ways," Crouch said.

    Crouch said 2% of this total bond package would go towards art, which is $400,000. His committee wants the money that would be allocated for art to be spent on enhancements to bridges on Interstate 35.

    While some residents are skeptical to spend on art, others support the creative option.

    "I think that would help strengthen what Denton is. So, I'm for that," Denton resident Emily Moore said.