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City of Midland to propose $195 million road bond to voters in Nov.

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MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

The City of Midland has announced that they are planning to ask voters to make a big decision regarding roads and infrastructure in November.

Midland City Councilman J. Ross Lacy announced the proposed bond will be for $195 million in an 8 year period.

"This project cannot be handled by the general fund, we have to go out and issue debt and have voters approve that we're ready to make a significant investment on our infrastructure," said Lacy.

According to the proposal, two propositions will be offered to Midland voters. One proposition involves the roads itself, which will be around $144.62 million. The other proposition is for the utilities of the roads that have been selected, which will be around $50.38 million. 

"I'm confident we've got a plan in place that's 100% transparent, it shows accountability, it shows the taxpayer's return on their investment," said Lacy. "It's an investment in our future, it's an investment in Midland."

The break down of the cost puts 63% of that 195 million to Midland roads, 24% to utilities, 6% to engineering and consulting and 7% on ADA Compliance.

Lacy stated that the tax rate will rise 4 cents for every $100 million the city issues in debt if the bond is approved. He said if the bond isn't successful, the city won't be allowed to issue a form of debt towards roads or utilities for three years.

Council members overall say the bond is a great idea but will need to discuss more on the city's budget. They plan to meet with staff and make a decision in August.

If the council approves the bond, the city can move forward for a November election.

 "This is not an issue that's happened overnight, no one needs to be reminded of deteriorating roads in our community," said Lacy. "That's why the need of urgency needs to be there. We have to understand the urgency of this issue before it becomes an emergency and we have to be proactive in fixing it before that emergency happens."

Here is a map showing all the proposed road projects:

Here is a list of all the roads and the years that the project would take place: 

Year 1

Taylor Ave. from Lamesa Rd. to Mineola St - will include utility work
Hicks Ave. from Lamesa Rd. to Terrell St. - will include utility work
GreenTree Blvd. from Holiday Hill Rd. to Midland Dr. - will not include utility work
Cuthbert Ave. from Garfield St. to 'A' St. - Will not include utility work

Year 2

Cuthbert Ave. from Ward St. to Garfield St. - will include utility work
Wood Dr. from Midland Dr. to Oriole Dr. - will not include utility work
Carter Ave. from Garfield St. to Big Spring St. - will include utility work
Bluebird Ln. from Midland Dr. to east end of Butler Park - will not include utility work
Bankhead Hwy. from Front St. to Midkiff Rd. - will include utility work
Oriole Dr. from Mockingbird Ln. to Teakwood Trace - will not include utility work
Michigan Ave. from 'A' St. to Garfield St. - will include utility work
Louisiana Ave. from 'A' St. to Garfield St. - will include utility work
Texas Ave. from Andrews Hwy. to 'A' St. - will include utility work

Year 3

'A' St. from Cuthbert Ave. to Indiana Ave. - will include utility work
Garfield St. from Michigan Ave. to Golf Course Rd. - will include utility work
Thomason Dr. from Loop 250 to Wall St. - will include utility work

Year 4-5

Main St. from Wadley Ave. to Ohio Ave. - will include utility work
Soloman Ln. from 'A' St. to Big Spring St. - will include utility work
Sunglo St. from Midkiff Rd. to Garfield St. - will include utility work
Sinclair Ave. from Midland Dr. to Loop 250 - will include utility work
'A' St. from Wadley Ave to Scharbauer Dr. - will include utility work
New York Ave. from Carver St. to Fairgrounds Rd. - will include utility work
Tarleton St. from Golf Course Road to Wadley Ave. - will include utility work
Anetta Dr. from Loop 250 to Midland Dr. - will include utility work

Year 6-8

Ward St. from Loop 250 to Wadley Ave. - will include utility work
Golf Course Rd. from Tarleton St. to Garfield St. - will include utility work
Golf Course Rd. from Garfield St. to Scharbauer Draw - will include utility work
Wadley Ave. from Garfield St. to 'I' St. - will include utility work
Wadley Ave. from Garfield St. to Godfrey Ave. - will include utility work
Wadley Ave. from Fairgrounds Rd. to Lamesa Rd. - will include utility work
Cotton Flat Rd. from Industrial Ave. to Harris Ave. - will include utility work
Francis Ave. from Clark St. to Camp St. - will include utility work
Godfrey St. from Andrews Hwy. to Haynes Ave. - will include utility work
Neely Ave. from Big Spring St. to 'A' St. - will include utility work
Neely Ave. from 'A' St. to 'L' St. - will include utility work
Neely Ave. from 'I' St. to Garfield St. - will include utility work
Neely Ave. from Garfield St. to Midkiff Rd. - will include utility work
Neely Ave. from Midkiff Rd. to Midland Dr. - will include utility work
Midland Dr. from Wall St. to Comanche Dr. - will include utility work
Illinois Ave. from 'N' St. to 'A' St. - will include utility work
Whittle Way from Sunshine Pkwy to Wadley Ave. - will include utility work
Neely Ave. from Whittle Way to Midland Dr. - will include utility work
Golf Course Rd. from 'L' St. to 'A' St. - will include utility work

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