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 2019 Public Safety Bond Program?
The 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 much is the 2019 Public Safety Bond Program?
The total bond package is approximately $413,122,650 million. The amount is a preliminary estimate that is subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds will be determined by subsequent action of City Council.

How was the bond program developed and projects selected?
During the 2019 City Budget presentations the City Council was briefed on the City's Public Safety infrastructure needs, the 2019 Chime In feedback and the 2019 Youth Advisory Board feedback. After deliberation and amendments, the City Council adopted the $413 million package on July 29, 2019 and on August 13, 2019 the City Council order the election for November 5, 2019.

How did the City inform the community about the bond?
City staff created the Bond website, shared information via its social media platforms, created brochures, fact sheets and posters, participated in more than 30 community meetings throughout the City.

What information was shared with the community?
Presentation
Presentation (Spanish)
Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet (Spanish)

When did the voters decide the 2019 Public Safety Bond?
The bond was approved by 59.4 percent of the City of El Paso voters November 5, 2019.

How will the 2019 Public Safety Bond Program be funded?
The voter approved bond 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 2019 Public Safety Bond Program?

The total bond package is approximately $413,122,650 million. The amount is a preliminary estimate that is subject to change. Actual use of any approved bond funds will be determined by subsequent action of City Council.

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.

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 projects and associated costs for the Police Department?

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*
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 projects and associated costs for the Fire Department?

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*
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.