Mayor Parker unveils $410 million bond package
Twitter has been a buzz this rainy morning as Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $410 million public improvement bond package while promising no tax increases. “I realize many Houstonians are still recovering from the economic downturn,” said Mayor Parker. “That is why it was important to me to present a plan that does not require a tax increase. It is also the smallest bond proposal in more than 30 years. It is a fiscally responsible approach that will create jobs and improve public safety, infrastructure and quality of life.”
Proposed plans include $28 million for libraries, including renovation to the Montrose Library. The majority of the package, which is the smallest bond referendum in 30 years, is proposed for public safety and ensuring that Houston moves forward with the Bayou Greenways Initiative. “By creating more parks and lining the bayous with walking and biking paths, Houston will become the number one city in America for safe, off-street walking and biking paths. That is truly transformative for this city,” said Roksan Okan-Vick, executive director for the Houston Parks Board, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating, improving, and protecting Houston’s parks.