Houston voters to make billion-dollar decisions

More than a $1 billion worth of projects on ballot

Published On: Oct 24 2012 06:26:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2012 06:28:49 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

From public transportation, to expanding college campuses and improving parks, bike trails and bayous, voters are lining up to cast their ballots.

Officials said more than $1 billion worth of projects will be on the ballot. The city of Houston is asking voters to approve a $410 million bond proposal.

The bond proposal will cover propositions A through E, and would pay for public safety, park improvements, renovating government buildings, making library improvements and affordable housing.

METRO is in the middle of expanding light rail and is asking the public to vote 'yes' on the question of whether to reauthorize the general mobility program.

Meanwhile, Houston Community College wants voters to approve a $425 million bond package for schools, buildings, construction and equipment.

"The HCC system does things in this community from an academic and workforce perspective," said Carrol Robinson with Houston Community College. "We need to enhance. We're turning away people who need help and we need more facilities to make a difference in our community."

Robinson said the more educated someone is, the more likely that person is to be employed.

"So we're preparing people in academics and workforce training. That's what the facilities will do and you get an education because you want to get a better paying job," Robinson said.

Early voting continues through next week. Officials said Houston Mayor Annise Parker will cast her ballot on Thursday.