FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bond?
A bond is a way for cities to borrow money to pay for the design, construction and renovation of buildings and facilities and to purchase equipment and vehicles.  This is similar to individuals borrowing money to pay for a home or a car.

What is the proposed 2019 Public Safety Bond Program?
The proposed 2019 Public Safety Bond Program is the City’s plan to use voter approved bonds to pay for public improvements for the Police and Fire Departments, including vehicles and equipment.

How will the 2019 Public Safety Bond Program be funded?
If approved by the voters, the program would be funded by the City issuing general obligation bonds.  The bonds are a debt that the City would pay back over time from taxpayer dollars.

How much is the proposed 2019 Public Safety Bond Program?

USES* ESTIMATED AMOUNTS
Police $221,900,800*
Fire $191,221,850*
TOTAL $413,122,650*

* Amounts listed are preliminary estimates subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds will be determined by subsequent action of City Council.

How is the 2019 Public Safety Bond Program approved?
The 2019 Public Safety Bond Program must be approved by the registered voters of El Paso through an election. 
  • Early Voting:  Monday, October 21, 2019 through Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

What is the estimated tax rate impact of the 2019 Public Safety Bond Program?
For a household with a $100,000 home, the City currently estimates that property taxes would increase an average of $12 each year for the first six years, rising to a total annual average increase of $72 by year six.  This is an average based on current assumptions, so in some years the increase could be higher, in other years it could be lower.

What are the proposed projects and associated costs for the Police Department?

PROPOSED PROJECT $ IN MILLIONS
Eastside Command Center (Municipal Complex) $ 38.6 M*
Public Safety Training Academy (co-located with Fire Dept.) $ 19.9 M*
Police Headquarters $ 90.6 M*
Central Regional Command $ 24.6 M*
Renovate 4 Regional Command Centers $ 44.8 M*
Fleet Replacement (2020) $ 3.3 M*
PROPOSED USE OF BOND FUNDS $221.9 M*

*Amounts listed are preliminary estimates subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds will be determined by subsequent action by City Council.

What are the proposed projects and associated costs for the Fire Department?

PROPOSED PROJECT $ IN MILLIONS
Station 36 $ 11.3 M*
Station 38 (Municipal Complex) $ 11.8 M*
Special Teams Station (consolidation) $ 17.1 M*
Station 40 $ 15.5 M*
Public Safety Training Facility and Logistics (co-located with Police Dept.) $ 29.6 M*
Fire Headquarters $ 29.6 M*
Station Renovations $ 74.4 M*
Vehicle Replacement (partial-2020) $ 1.8 M*
PROPOSED USE OF BOND FUNDS $191.2 M*

*Amounts listed are preliminary estimates subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds will be determined by subsequent action by City Council.