In Houston Multiple Bond Measures Could Confuse Voters

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Houston voters may face a dizzying array of decisions in November as the city, school district and community college system seek authority to borrow more than $2 billion for construction work.

The multiple measures have the potential to transform the nation's fourth-largest city with upgraded parks, libraries, grade schools and colleges, but a crowded field means competition for voters' attention and, in some cases, their pocketbooks.

The Houston Independent School District and Houston Community College anticipate phasing in property tax increases, while Mayor Annise Parker emphasized that her $410 million package would hold the city's tax rate steady. The plans still must be approved by elected school trustees and City Council, respectively, before going to voters.

Metro also is considering a referendum on whether it should be allowed to keep billions of dollars in sales tax over two decades that otherwise would go to local cities.

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