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County of El Paso holds community engagement meetings to receive input on projects that could be voted on

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) --The County of El Paso is holding a series of 12 community outreach meetings to receive feedback from the community on projects that could go up for vote in November as part of a proposed capital improvement bond.

In these meetings, the county is presenting over 100 projects ranging from parks to new county facilities and partner projects, including upgrades to the Sun Bowl.

Betsy Keller, county chief administrator, told ABC-7 that none of the projects presented are final, but the feedback gained from these meetings will be important to determine what projects will potentially be up for vote.

“These projects will be available for the public and put over meetings over the next several weeks. We'll take all the feedback we receive from the public, provide it to the Bond Advisory Committee, who will then take that into consideration and make their final recommendations on what projects they believe should be considered by Commissioners court," said Keller.

The are still nine community outreach meetings left for you to attend:

June 4, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - EPCC Transmountain Campus - 9570 Gateway N Blvd

June 5, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - Ben Narbuth Elementary - 12901 Bob Hope Dr Suite B

June 6, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - Eastwood Middle School - 2612 Chaswood St

June 8, 2024 from 10:00am-11:30am - EPCC Northwest Campus - 6701 S Desert Blvd

June 11, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - Ysleta High School - 8600 Alameda Ave

June 12, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - Chapin High School - 7000 Dyer St

June 13, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - TxDOT East Area Maintenance Facility - 1430 Joe Battle Blvd.June 15, 2024 from 10:00am-11:30am - Franklin High School - 900 Resler Dr

June 18, 2024 from 5:30pm-7:00pm - El Paso County Warehouse - 1331 Fabens Rd

Jose Landeros, director of strategic development for El Paso County, told ABC-7 that the Bond Advisory Committee had recommended issuing two types of bonds to the commissioners court.

"They recommended a $150 million certificate of obligation, which would be approved by commissioners court. That package really focuses on the essential public purpose projects that are the nuts and bolts type that really help us keep the lights on, make sure that we're meeting our mission. The other recommendation is a $340 million general obligation bond that, if approved by commissioners court, could go out to voters as early as November of 2024 for those capital improvement projects," said Landeros.

Landeros also said these projects also include alternative projects like revitalizing the County Coliseum. Projects like these are alternative projects because they were not recommended by the Bond Advisory Committee but were asked to be added by the commissioners court to see what the public thought about the project.

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