Benbrook citizens will soon decide if the City of Benbrook should issue $22 million in bonds for a new Municipal Complex.
The proposed bond is for design and construction of a new two-story, approximately 35,000 square-foot Benbrook Municipal Complex to house the Police Station, Senior Citizen's Center, Municipal Court, City Hall Offices, and a Visitor's Center. Planned outdoor amenities include a large greenspace for picnics/relaxation, a water fountain/splash feature for public enjoyment, and a band shell for festivals and events on the grounds. Of importance to city leaders, the project will NOT result in a property tax rate increase.
In 2019, as part of the City's updated 2020 Comprehensive Plan, a Citizen's Committee recommended a new Municipal Complex to replace several existing municipal buildings, and to act as an anchor for a proposed downtown development (link below):2020 Comprehensive Plan Land Use Goal #6: Establish an active and vibrant downtown Benbrook
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No, the project will not result in a property tax rate increase. Whenever possible, the City of Benbrook pays cash for capital improvements. A core value of the City is to operate in a fiscally sound manner, keeping taxes and debt obligations low. For a large, significant project such as a new Municipal Complex, financing helps keep property taxes low and allows the City to complete the project sooner than relying on cash reserves. By financing the project now, the City can take advantage of it's exceptional credit rating, pay lower interest rates for bonds, and lock in construction costs, avoiding future increased costs of deferred improvements. The City can utilize funds from existing debt that is being paid off toward a new bond, along with other funds in the current budget, to finance the project.
The City has identified significant issues with existing municipal buildings (click here); the buildings are aging and have mechanical issues, electrical problems, ADA non-compliance and/or other challenges. The City also reviewed several other options to remedy the issues related to these structures. Ultimately, the Citizen's Committee recommended proposing a new Municipal Complex to resolve building failure issues, consolidate several city services for a one-stop shop experience for citizens, save future repair/maintenance costs, and provide a redevelopment anchor opportunity for a Benbrook downtown.
The Citizen's Committee hosted public meetings and open houses to solicit public input prior to making a recommendation. Public hearings were also held by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
On the site of the existing Senior Citizen's Center building, 1010 Mercedes Street, located between City Hall and the Police Station (see 'Conceptual Only' graphic above). The final location of outdoor elements are to be determined. During construction, Senior Citizen's Center activities will temporarily move to the Benbrook Community Center/Lion's Club building at 228 San Angelo Avenue. The existing Police Station and City Hall will remain open during construction, saving temporary relocation costs and avoiding disruption of city services.
City of Benbrook Proposed 2021 Bond Program FACT SHEET (can be printed from this link)Overhead View of Proposed Municipal Complex (pdf)
Side View of Proposed Municipal Complex (pdf)
Front View of Proposed Municipal Complex (pdf)
Collage View of Proposed Municipal Complex (pdf)
Conceptual Site Plan (pdf)
Jim Hinderaker, Assistant City Manager, at 817-249-6005
The Benbrook City Council has called a Bond Election to be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 to authorize the issuance of $22,000,000 Bonds for a new municipal building for the police department, senior citizen center, municipal court, and city administration offices, and necessary demolition of buildings for such purpose. Resolution Calling Election and Notice of Election Resolution Calling Election - English Resolution Calling Election - Spanish Resolution Calling Election - Vietnamese
Election Day & Time:Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Early Voting Days & Times:April 19 - 23 Monday-Friday | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMApril 24 Saturday | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PMApril 25 Sunday | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PMApril 26 - 27 Monday-Tuesday | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PMLocal Polling Place:Benbrook Community Center/Lions Club228 San Angelo, Benbrook, TX 76126
For additional polling places, go to: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html