Road and Bridge Strategic Planning Project
The $39.5 million Smith County Road Bond passed with 73 percent of the vote on November 7, 2017.
The issuance of bonds are for road and bridge construction and major improvements. Road work around the county is well underway.
The process of developing a Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Plan began in 2015, when Smith County hired Atkins Engineering to analyze the condition of each road in the county. That study resulted in the identification of up to $98 million in road projects in Smith County. Over the past three years, Smith County has dedicated $10 million from its reserve fund, in addition to what is annually budgeted to pay cash for a number of these projects.
Building on the Atkins Engineering study, the Commissioners Court held a series of citizen input meetings in 2017, to receive additional information and comments from citizens in each geographic region of the county regarding road and bridge conditions and needs. County officials also solicited and received more than 200 Citizen Feedback Forms from county residents.
The bond will be issued over a three-year period, in an amount not to exceed $39.5 million. The money received from the bonds will be used to pay for major county road and bridge projects over three years, which is Phase I of a two-phase, six-year Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Project.
The bonds will have a 10-year pay-back period, and are anticipated to be issued as needed in increments of $12 million during the first year, $12 million during the second year and $15.5 million during the third year. The bonds are anticipated to increase the I&S portion of the tax rate by 0.7 cents per $100 valuation. The average home in Smith County is valued at $165,841, resulting in an increase in property taxes to the average homeowner in Smith County of $11.61 annually.
Citizens can view the initial, full six-year working draft road and bridge plan, which includes both maintenance and construction items, as well as fill out a citizens input form, below.
- 2017-10-20 Smith County Bond Financing Overview (Nov 2017 Election)
- 2017-08-21 Second Working Draft of R&B Plan
- 2017-08-04 First Working Draft of R&B Plan
- Atkins Engineering January 2016 Road & Bridge Recommendations and Findings
The following online form is designed to help Commissioners Court staff to identify the top issues of importance to citizens and gather information on specific recommendations pertaining to those issues of importance. Provide as much detail as necessary so that appropriate action can be taken.