The Rowlett City Council ordered special elections for Home Rule Charter Amendments and Facility Bond Propositions that were held in conjunction with the General Election for City Council on May 6, 2023.
Residents of Rowlett voted to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $76.3 million for three facility bond propositions:
A - Public Safety Facility, $63,928,980 for a 72,806 square foot facility to house Police Department, Fire Administration, Detention Center (jail), and Municipal Court B - Animal Shelter Facility, $8,400,000 for 9,296 square foot facility C - Herfurth Park Improvements, $4,000,000 to design and construct Phases 2 and 3 of the Herfurth Park renovations
In 2015, the City of Rowlett began utilizing a three-year bonding strategy, with bond elections held in 2015, 2018, and 2021. As part of this strategy, the Community Investment Advisory Board (CIAB) gathers information regarding community needs, citizen desires, and service expansion for the City, and provides recommendations to the City Council for these bond elections. The next bond election within this strategy is planned in 2024.
The 84th Legislature passed HB 1378 to increase the transparency of local government debt. Under Local Government Code Sec. 140.008, political subdivisions, including counties, cities, school districts, junior college districts, special purpose districts, and other subdivisions of state government must annually compile their debt obligation data from the preceding fiscal year.
The total amount of tax-supported debt for the City of Rowlett as of September 30, 2022 is $105,000,000; revenue-supported debt is $40,865,000; and financed purchases is $4,122,325. Detailed information for the outstanding obligations can be viewed in spreadsheet format or in booklet format.