HOUSTON – In November, Houston's mayor wants voters to approve $495 million in improvement bonds.
Mayor Sylvester Turner said the outcome of this bond election could set the city's financial course for years to come.
Here are five things to know about the November election:
1.) When is Election Day and when does early voting start?
Election Day is November 7. Early voting runs now through November 3.
2.) What's on my ballot?
For City of Houston voters, the ballot includes one pension bond measure and four public improvement bond measures.
3.) What is the pension bond?
The $1 billion bond will allow the city to pay off $8.2 billion in pension liabilities over 30 years.
4.) What are the public improvement bonds?
The public improvement bonds provide $450 million in funding for upgrades to outdated police and fire stations and equipment, along with improvements to libraries, community centers and parks.
5.) Why are some people opposed to the public improvement bonds?
The Harris County Republican Party calls the public improvement bonds "wasteful spending". The conservative political action committee C Club of Houston says the bonds don't address the city's needs post-hurricane Harvey and could create unnecessary debt.