Improvement bond package could enhance Houston

A recent proposal from Mayor Annise Parker could help make the city of Houston a better place to live. The $410 million Public Improvement Bond Package does not require increased taxes to fund and includes a number of local, public initiatives. The proposal will be reviewed by the City Council, after which it may be placed on the ballot for voter approval in November 2012.

"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."

The bond includes the following fund designations:

1.    $144 million for public safety needs such as neighborhood police stations, fire station expansions and general building repairs.
2.    $63 million for health sanitation and recycling. A few of the Houston recycling centers require repair to improve processes and reduce environmental impact.
3.    $160 million for parks. The Bayou Greenways project could improve quality of life for those who enjoy the baseball fields, swimming pools, trails and pavilions located throughout the city.

These proposed initiatives may improve the quality of life of Houston residents. As this project or others pass, consider researching the MLS listings in Houston for a home in an area that will benefit from local improvement programs.