Keller says no again, so what else is new?

Posted Monday, Nov. 11, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Keller voted down a bond election by three votes Tuesday.

That’s nothing new. It’s at least the fifth time in the last 20 years voters have rejected a city bond proposal, not counting a rejected school bond election and a school tax rollback.

But this time, conservative leadership in the city of about 41,000 residents held a long series of hearings and presented a very reasonable $8.2 million transportation bond package for four arterial road projects and five improved intersections.

They took their time. The bond meetings took eight months. There were 11 hearings.

The proposed tax increase for an average home was $3 per month.

Yet on a day when voters in many cities approved much more expensive proposals, Keller voters rejected the plan.

The three-vote margin leaves open the possibility for a recount and an unlikely but possible reversal. A citizen committee must ask for a recount before Nov. 18.

City leaders must first decide on a recount, then decide what’s ahead for Keller.

Voters seem just as divided as the council, which approved the election by a 3-2 vote.

The newer north half of the city voted almost 2-to-1 against the bonds, while the south half voted just as strongly in favor.

Council member Bill Dodge was one of the two council opponents. Dodge said he wants to look to Tarrant County or Texas taxpayers to help out with street improvements.

At some point, Keller leaders must take a long look at themselves.

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