Another Call For Bond Could Fix Roads, Infrastructure in West Texas City 2/21/14
CBS 7 News
February 21, 2014
PECOS-Roads in one West Texas city are filled with potholes, giving drivers headaches for years.
City leaders in Pecos tried to pass an $8.1 million bond in November for much-needed street and infrastructure repairs, but voters said no.
Now they may ask voters for the bond once again.
The bond failed by a very narrow margin and this time the city is asking for about $2 million less, putting up money from the general budget and possibly reserves to cover the repairs.
With traffic on the rise, potholes in Pecos are getting deeper.
"The potholes are about 12 inches deep, you can’t see them, the roads are horrible,” said Pecos Resident Pam.
“They’re horrible, especially around my house,” said Pecos Resident Chava Villalobos. “They say it’s the trucks that do it, but around my house there aren’t any trucks.”
Next week, the city will consider a $6.8 million bond to repair 26 miles or about 20 percent of streets in Pecos.
"We all know what the situation with our streets and infrastructure is,” said Mayor Venetta Seals. “We really need to get something done.”
Unlike last November’s bond, the city would kick in money from the general fund for the repairs, asking for a smaller bond amount.
"We are looking at putting two to three million to this,” Seals said. “Money that is coming into the city right now with an increase in sales tax revenues.”
“So will you vote to fix the roads?”
“I’d vote for it, we need to fix the roads around here,” said Villalobos.
The council will decide whether to call for the May bond at next Thursday’s meeting. They also want to use part of sales tax revenue to maintain the roads if repaired.