2022 PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY BOND ELECTION INFORMATION
The Kerrville City Council has called a May 7, 2022, election for voters to consider a proposed $45 million bond package to build a joint Public Safety Facility. Early voting by personal appearance shall be conducted at the Kathleen C. Cailloux Center of the Performing Arts, 910 Main Street, Kerrville, Texas 78028; and the Ingram ISD Boardroom, 510 College Street, Ingram, Texas, 78025, April 25 through May 3 as follows:
- Monday, April 25, 2022 and Tuesday, April 26, 2022: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, April 27, 2022: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Thursday, April 29, 2022: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Friday, April 29, 2022: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Monday, May 2, 2022 and Tuesday, May 3, 2022: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The Public Safety Facility is a proposed 69,000-square-foot facility to accommodate the City of Kerrville’s Police Department, administrative offices of the Fire Department, the Emergency Operations Center, Municipal Court, and applicable information and technology systems. The facility is intended to meet the operational needs of a growing community for several decades.
WHERE WILL THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY BE LOCATED?
The City of Kerrville has executed a real estate contract to purchase property at the corner of Clearwater Paseo and Rio Monte Drive for the potential construction of a Public Safety Facility.
The 7.1-acre property location, across the street from the Kerr County Sheriff’s office, jail, and district attorney, as well as Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB), is centrally located to the Kerrville community and provides great access to major roadways such as Highway 27, Loop 534, and East Main Street. The property would also place the Public Safety Facility within close proximity to many of the community’s major schools, such as Peterson Middle School, Tivy High School, Tom Daniels Elementary, Notre Dame Catholic School, Our Lady of the Hills, and Schreiner University.
The sales contract allows for a 180-day inspection period to complete all necessary due diligence, including awaiting the results of the Bond election on May 7, 2022, prior to closing on the property.
WHY IS THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY NEEDED?
The Kerrville Police Department has outgrown its current facility, a former bus depot that was not designed with modern public safety operations in mind. Structural cracks and other building integrity issues currently impact KPD’s building, are costly to maintain and fix, and encompass issues (mold, water leaks, etc.) that impact the health and safety of occupants. Equally important, the building no longer accommodates the technological innovations necessary to provide modern public safety services.
The Kerrville Fire Department currently leases it administrative space, with anticipated lease costs nearing a half million dollars total over the next 10 years. Municipal Court is housed in a metal building that, like KPD’s building, was not designed to meet current operational needs. For example, the judge does not have even a small chamber to meet with the public, and there is no jury box or separate area for jury deliberations or witnesses waiting to testify. Security and safety issues remain a concern.
The City’s Information Technology Department dedicates at least 78 percent of its time to police, fire, and municipal court matters. Their proposed relocation within the new Public Safety Facility will add operational efficiency and prioritize its services for public safety.
HOW MUCH WILL THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY COST?
City Council has called a bond election to be held Saturday, May 7, 2022. Voters will decide on a proposed $45 million debt issuance to build the Public Safety Facility. This amount includes the cost of land, construction, and all furniture, fixtures and equipment.
WHAT IMPACT WILL THE COST OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY HAVE ON MY PROPERTY TAXES?
Kerrville property owners over 65 who have a “Senior Tax Freeze” will have no impact to their property taxes. For the average Kerrville property owner with a $250,000 home, the City projects that the bond issuance will increase their property taxes by $169 per year, or just over $14 per month. The City’s total property tax rate equates to roughly 25% of citizens’ overall property tax bill. The remainder of the local property tax allocation is divided as follows: KISD (51%) and Kerr County (21%), with small portions going to Kerr County Lateral Roads, Upper Guadalupe River Authority, and Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District. The proposed bond issuance is anticipated to raise the overall local property tax rate by approximately 3%.
WAS THERE CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY PLANNING PROCESS?
On Oct. 26, 2021, the City Council created the Public Safety Facility Bond Committee. Each councilmember appointed two persons to the committee, whose makeup encompassed a diverse cross section of the Kerrville community. The committee met four times to tour and analyze existing City buildings and operational needs, the feasibility of developing a new public safety facility, and financing it through the issuance of general obligation bonds. At the conclusion of its meeting, nine members of the committee signed a recommendation that City Council propose to Kerrville voters a $45 million bond issuance to fund the 69,000-square-foot Public Safety Facility.
WILL THERE BE COST SAVINGS FROM LEASE OR SALES OF ANY OF THE FORMER PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDINGS?
Should City voters approve the bond issuance, the Police Department building located at 429 Sidney Baker Street and the Municipal Court building located at 301 McFarland Street will be evaluated for potential sale. In addition, the City anticipates an annual savings of at least $42,000 associated with the vacated lease at the Fire Department administrative offices at 87 Coronado Drive.
WAS THE OLD PETERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCATION ON SIDNEY BAKER CONSIDERED AS A POSSIBLE LOCATION?
The Kerrville Independent School District (KISD) is the current owner of the middle school property, not the City of Kerrville, which is a distinct and separate local government entity. The KISD has currently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP), due at the end of March 2022, for an entity to acquire the full 25-acre site as one parcel and submit a site development plan indicating how they intend to develop the property privately to add value to the community’s tax rolls.
Additionally, the existing facilities on this campus are several decades older than the building that the Kerrville Police Department currently resides in. The 10-member Public Safety Facility Bond Committee that was appointed by the Kerrville City Council to research and provide a recommendation regarding the public safety facility issue had concerns regarding retrofitting and rehabilitating older structures. They concluded that the most cost efficient and long-term strategy for a functional Public Safety Facility for the Kerrville Police Department, Fire Administration, Municipal Court, and Emergency Operations Center would be to build a new building rather than the redevelopment of any existing structures located in the community. This conclusion was reached after considering the current and future space needs for the consolidation of the city’s public safety operations into one centralized facility, in addition to the size and condition of any existing structures currently available.
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Polling Places are assigned by precinct
If you have any questions about early voting, or the election day voting locations, please contact the City Secretary's Office at 830.258.1117.
Día de la Elección
Sábado 7 de mayo, de 7 a. m. a 7 p. m.
Los centros de votación se asignan por circunscripción electoral
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el voto anticipado, o sobre los centros de votación el día de la elección, comuníquese con la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad al 830.258.1117.