Temple council cancels bond election, extends disaster declaration

The Temple City Council voted Tuesday to cancel the May 2 vote on the city’s proposed parks bond issue and to extend the mayor’s disaster declaration (Photo by Jessica Thompson/file)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The Temple City Council voted Tuesday to cancel the May 2 vote on the city’s proposed parks bond issue and to extend the mayor’s disaster declaration for as long as necessary because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“With Texas Governor Greg Abbott declaring a public health disaster and declaring that holding a May election could threaten the ongoing public health crisis, the Temple City Council chose to follow the governor's guidance and ensure that public health would not be put at risk by holding an election at this time,” the city said in a press release.

Temple voters on May 2 would have decided to approve a $33 million bond issue for city parks that would have funded the addition of about 100 acres of additional space, nine miles of new trails and improvements to about 20 parks including the expansion and updating of playgrounds, restroom, pavilions, basketball courts, tennis courts and dog parks.