Proposed Georgetown road bond comes with ‘sticker shock’

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — After passing multiple bonds this year, Williamson County taxpayers could be on the hook for more. The Georgetown City Council is trying to decide if a road bond will be on the May ballot.

Easing congestion and expanding DB Wood Road to a divided four-lane road are among the recommendations in a $220 million bond.

Thirty-four proposed projects costing $540 million were whittled down to 22 projects at $220 million. Those 22 projects were presented to city council Tuesday by the members of the 2015 Road Bond Committee. Officials with the committee said there was some “sticker shock” and council members added they want the cost to come down before presenting the bond to voters.

City statistics show the average home costs $210,000, meaning if passed as presented, the average home in Georgetown would be taxed an additional $82.65 for 2016. Numbers show the current average tax bill is $911.40.

Transportation officials said all the projects are necessary, but the bond package will likely be cut down by city council.

“I anticipate (city council) saying ‘this is the dollar figure we feel we can pass in the city, now come back to us and tell us the projects that you would recommend in that dollar figure,'” said Tom Crawford, chairman of the 2015 Road Bond Committee.

The proposed projects aim to expand roads for expected growth and more traffic. For a bond to go on this May’s ballot, a decision must be made by city council in February.

More information on the bond recommendation can be found on the agenda for the Jan. 13.

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