- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The Richardson City Council on Monday finalized a $115 million bond package that includes a new fire station and street and traffic improvements.

The package, which could go to voters Nov. 3, does not call for a tax increase.

Council members have put a priority on public safety in the bond proposal, which also includes renovations to the animal shelter and customer service improvements for City Hall.

The package would be the largest in recent years. In 2010, voters approved a $66 million package.

Four years before, they approved a $55 million program.

More than $120 million has been spent on streets, parks and other projects in the last decade.

Earlier this month, the council cut more than $100 million worth of projects from its capital projects wish list.

To get to the version they signed off on Monday, council members slashed across all funding categories, but especially drainage and erosion projects, as well as parks.

The council is expected to approve an ordinance Aug. 17 calling an election.

It must do so no later than Aug. 24 to get it on the November ballot.

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