Proposition A

Ballot PropositionThe issuance of $137,835,000 general obligation bonds for street improvements, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.
ProposiciónLa emisión de $137,835,000 en bonos de obligación general para mejoras de calles y la imposición de un impuesto para el pago de los mismos.
If I vote FORThe city will issue $37,835,000 in bonds.
If I vote AGAINSTThe city will not issue $37,835,000 in bonds.
Tax ConsequencesThe bonds will have no impact on tax rates.
What is a Bond?A bond is essentially an IOU. Instead of going to a bank to get a loan, like an individual might do, governments can issue bonds to raise money for specific projects. An investor buys a bond on the understanding that they will be paid back, in full and with interest, on a set date (limited by law to 40 years). In most cases, governments must seek voter approval to issue a bond.
Proposed ImprovementsThe Proposition A bond proposal is focused on street improvements, as follows:
Residential Rebuild Program ($33,940,000)
Debbie Lane [Arlington city limits to SH 360] ($22,085,000)
Intersection Improvements ($15,000,000)
Mansfield Webb Road [Silo Road to Collins Street] ($14,670,000)
Sublett Road [Arlington city limit to Joplin Road] ($13,035,000)
Matlock Road [Green Oaks Boulevard to Sublett Road] ($8,020,000)
Sidewalk Annual Program ($7,000,000)
Downtown Pedestrian Crossing ($7,000,000)
Mitchell Street [Collins Street to Perrin Street] ($6,435,000)
Signal/ITS Program ($6,250,000)
Construction Materials Testing Program ($2,185,000)
Grant Matching Funds Annual Program ($1,875,000)
Irrigation Annual Program ($340,000)
ResourcesCity of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/bond/

City of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program Project Map: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Bond-Election-Project-Map.pdf
Recent News Articles“Arlington voters to weigh in on expansion of Trinity Trails, new lake house project,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Sep 6, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article217823400.html

“Street Improvements Big Part Of Arlington’s Call For $189M Bond Election,” CBS 11 News (Aug 15, 2018)
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/08/15/street-improvements-arlington-bond-election/

Proposition B

Ballot PropositionThe issuance of $19,165,000 general obligation bonds for park, open space and recreation improvements and the levy of a tax in payment thereof.
ProposiciónLa emisión de $19,165,000 en bonos de obligación general para mejoras de parques, espacios al aire libre y recreación y la imposición de un impuesto para el pago de los mismos.
If I vote FORThe city will issue $19,165,000 in bonds.
If I vote AGAINSTThe city will not issue $19,165,000 in bonds.
Tax ConsequencesThe bonds will have no impact on tax rates.
What is a Bond?A bond is essentially an IOU. Instead of going to a bank to get a loan, like an individual might do, governments can issue bonds to raise money for specific projects. An investor buys a bond on the understanding that they will be paid back, in full and with interest, on a set date (limited by law to 40 years). In most cases, governments must seek voter approval to issue a bond.
Proposed ImprovementsThe Proposition B bond proposal is focused on parks & recreation improvements, as follows:
Richard Simpson Park, Phase II ($4,050,000)
Johnson Creek Trail [Meadowbrook to Julia Burgen Park] ($3,500,000)
Youth Athletic Complex acquisition ($3,000,000)
Multi-Generational Center design ($3,000,000)
River Legacy Trail replacement ($2,600,000)
River Legacy Trail development [Fort Worth connection] ($2,500,000)
High Oak Park, Phase II ($515,000)
ResourcesCity of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/bond/

City of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program Project Map: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Bond-Election-Project-Map.pdf
Recent News Articles“Arlington voters to weigh in on expansion of Trinity Trails, new lake house project,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Sep 6, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article217823400.html

“Street Improvements Big Part Of Arlington’s Call For $189M Bond Election,” CBS 11 News (Aug 15, 2018)
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/08/15/street-improvements-arlington-bond-election/

Proposition C

Ballot PropositionThe issuance of $24,500,000 general obligation bonds for police and firefighting facilities and improvements, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.
ProposiciónLa emisión de $24,500,000 en bonos de obligación general para instalaciones y mejoras de policía y bomberos y la imposición de un impuesto para el pago de los mismos.
If I vote FORThe city will issue $24,500,000 in bonds.
If I vote AGAINSTThe city will not issue $24,500,000 in bonds.
Tax ConsequencesThe bonds will have no impact on tax rates.
What is a Bond?A bond is essentially an IOU. Instead of going to a bank to get a loan, like an individual might do, governments can issue bonds to raise money for specific projects. An investor buys a bond on the understanding that they will be paid back, in full and with interest, on a set date (limited by law to 40 years). In most cases, governments must seek voter approval to issue a bond.
Proposed ImprovementsThe Proposition C bond proposal is focused on public safety facilities, as follows:
Fire Station #8 Rebuild – $9,500,000
Fire Station #6 Rebuild – $9,000,000
Police Evidence Storage Facility – $6,000,000
ResourcesCity of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/bond/

City of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program Project Map: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Bond-Election-Project-Map.pdf
Recent News Articles“Arlington voters to weigh in on expansion of Trinity Trails, new lake house project,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Sep 6, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article217823400.html

“Street Improvements Big Part Of Arlington’s Call For $189M Bond Election,” CBS 11 News (Aug 15, 2018)
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/08/15/street-improvements-arlington-bond-election/

Proposition D

Ballot PropositionThe issuance of $8,000,000 general obligation bonds for improvement and equipping existing city service and administrative facilities, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.
ProposiciónLa emisión de $8,000,000 en bonos de obligación general para mejora y equipamiento de instalaciones administrativas y servicios municipales existentes y la imposición de un impuesto para el pago de los mismos.

If I vote FORThe city will issue $8,000,000 in bonds.
If I vote AGAINSTThe city will not issue $8,000,000 in bonds.
Tax ConsequencesThe bonds will have no impact on tax rates.
What is a Bond?A bond is essentially an IOU. Instead of going to a bank to get a loan, like an individual might do, governments can issue bonds to raise money for specific projects. An investor buys a bond on the understanding that they will be paid back, in full and with interest, on a set date (limited by law to 40 years). In most cases, governments must seek voter approval to issue a bond.
Proposed ImprovementsThe Proposition D bond proposal is focused on public facilities maintenance, as follows:
Funding package for capital maintenance items at various city facilities, including but not limited to roofs, generators, hot water heaters, boilers, HVAC systems, elevators, and façade improvements ($8,000,000)
ResourcesCity of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/bond/

City of Arlington, 2018 Bond Program Project Map: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Bond-Election-Project-Map.pdf
Recent News Articles“Arlington voters to weigh in on expansion of Trinity Trails, new lake house project,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Sep 6, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article217823400.html

“Street Improvements Big Part Of Arlington’s Call For $189M Bond Election,” CBS 11 News (Aug 15, 2018)
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/08/15/street-improvements-arlington-bond-election/

Proposition E

Ballot PropositionAddition of Section 9 of Article IV of the City Charter to provide that no person shall serve as Mayor for more than three elected terms and no person shall serve as a Council Member for more than three elected terms and under no circumstances may any person ever serve for more than twelve years in combination as a Council Member and Mayor and the term that each person as Mayor or as a Council Member is currently filling and all terms served prior to that current term shall be counted for purposes of determining whether three terms have been served and the renumbering of the existing Section 9 to Section 10.
ProposiciónPara agregar Sección 9 del Artículo IV de los Estatutos de la Ciudad para proveer que ninguna persona pueda servir como Alcalde por más de tres términos elejidos y para que ninguna persona pueda servir como Miembro del Consejo por más de tres términos elejidos y bajo ninguna circunstancia, podrá una persona servir por más de doce años en combinación como Miembro del Consejo y Alcalde, y el término que está sirviendo actualmente cada persona como Alcalde o Miembro del Consejo y todos los términos servidos antes de ese termino actual serán contados con el propósito de determinar si dicha persona ha servido tres términos y para renumerar la Sección 9 actual a Sección 10.
If I vote FORThe City Charter will be changed to limit a person’s service on the City Council to a maximum of three terms (12 years) as either Mayor or Council Member; the change will be made retroactive and the past service of current City Council Members will count toward the three term limit.
If I vote AGAINSTThe City Charter will not be changed, and no term limits will apply to the positions of Mayor or Council Member.
Tax ConsequencesThis proposition will not impact tax rates.
What are Term Limits?Term limits are legal restrictions placed on how many terms a person can hold a specific political office. For example, under the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, the President may serve no more than two terms in office. There are no term limits on US Senators or Representatives.

Those who argue in favor of term limits believe that restricting the service of lawmakers prevents politicians from amassing too much power in their positions, focuses their attention on policy rather than re-election campaigns, and brings new representatives and new voices into government.

Those who argue against term limits believe that restricting the service of lawmakers is anti-democratic because it arbitrarily removes public servants from office, whether or not they are effective; devalues the importance of experience in policy-making; and that elections should be the only mechanism for limiting terms of office.
Recent News Articles“Term limits would take power away from Arlington voters,” (editorial) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 20, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article217041200.html

“Under fire, Arlington council kills counter term limits proposal at rare Sunday meeting,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 19, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article216911310.html

“Arlington term limits wrangling takes another odd twist…,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 17, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article216922385.html

“Judge kills Arlington’s alternative term limit proposal,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Aug 15, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article216756930.html