On Nov. 5, Garland voters will have the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" for a referendum that would increase the property tax rate by 2 cents, with those funds being used exclusively for street refurbishments. The impact of the 2 cent increase for a home valued at $100,000 would be $1.53 a month ($18.40 a year). For seniors, the increase would amount to 68 cents a month ($8.20 a year).
The City maintains a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for each street and alley segment in the city. Garland's current average PCI is 89 for streets and 83 for alleys. The funds collected from the 2 cent increase would be used exclusively for street and alley improvements.
Garland voters will be able to voice their wishes on how to address this need on the Nov. 5 ballot. Early voting will run from Oct. 21-Nov.1 at the Richland College Garland Campus, 520 N. Glenbrook Drive. For more voting information, including Election Day polling locations, visit www.DallasCountyVotes.org or contact the Garland City Secretary's Office at 972-205-2404. More City of Garland election information is available on the City Secretary's page.