WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- Hundreds of millions of dollars could come to Williamson County after November if voters approve the county's bond election.
The money would go towards road construction and improvements to area parks. County leaders say they are necessary to keep up with the growth of one of the fastest expanding counties in the nation.
Forbes Magazine recently ranked Williamson County as the fastest growing in the country. A report released earlier this week by the Texas Association of Realtors says Williamson County is number one in Texas and number nine in the U.S. when it comes to net gain of households.
"It seems like people are able to live and stay in Williamson County instead of people having to go into Travis County, so you see a lot more growth," said Georgetown resident Kristen Boswell.
With a surge of families moving to the suburbs, county leaders say the need for more roads is inevitable.
"If the improvements are not made, obviously with the extreme growth levels we're experiencing, I think congestion levels can reasonably be expected to be quite higher, delays longer, accidents greater," said Williamson County Senior Director of Infrastructure Robert Daigh.
Expanding RM 620, the extension of North Mays in Round Rock, even a new bypass on State Highway 29 in Georgetown are among the list of about 50 different projects.
"Which would provide a way for all of those folks in Western Georgetown to access 35 without having to get through the downtown traffic," said Daigh.
Proposition 1 gives $275 million to develop roads like North Mays, RM 620 and Kenney Fort Boulevard. Proposition 2 will ask for $40 million to improve county parks, preserves and hike and bike trails.
Signs are popping up across the county asking voters to approve the bond. KVUE crews spotted several in Georgetown and Round Rock.
"'I think it's a great way to plan for our future for everybody who lives in Williamson County," Boswell said.
If approved, county officials hope to complete the projects within five years with no increase to the tax rate.
You can find out more details about the Nov. 5 bond election at a series of meetings:
- Wednesday, Oct. 2 for Pct. 1 in the J.B. and Hallie Jester Williamson County Annex, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 3 for Pct. 3 in the Williamson County Central Maintenance Facility Training Room, 3151 S.E. Inner Loop, Georgetown, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 7 for Pct. 4 in the Taylor Public Library, 801 Vance St Taylor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 9 for Pct. 2 in the Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main Street , Cedar Park, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.