Allen Bond 2016 Citizen Engagement Page

The proposed 2016 bond package for the City of Allen is the result of work and recommendations formulated by over 100 citizen volunteers and a Council appointed six-member Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Steering Committee.

Community leaders that served on the CIP Steering Committee included:
CIP Steering Committee Chair: Dr. Joe Farmer
Finance: Chris Schulmeister
Parks/Recreation: Mary Vail-Grube
Streets/Drainage: George Chrisman
Public Safety: Craig Gillis
Public Facilities: Kathy Litinas

Citizen Subcommittee Process

During October 2015, citizen volunteers participated in weekly subcommittee meetings to help identify and prioritize community needs and costs for public facilities, parks and recreation, public safety, and streets and drainage. The recommendations and reports from each subcommittee were presented to the CIP Steering Committee as part of a public meeting on Nov. 12.

Based on the subcommittee recommendations and additional determinations made by the CIP Steering Committee, the final bond package recommendation was presented to Allen City Council as part of a public forum on Jan. 26 during a regularly-scheduled Council meeting. Allen City Council ordered the bond election for May 7 based on the final bond package developed as a result of the citizen-driven process.

Find all the meeting presentations and related notes from the various subcommittee meetings in the information below.

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Weekly Updates from During the Process

Thursday, Oct.1 Kick-Off - Overview of the CIP process including criteria for projects, history of improvements funded in previous bond elections, the City's financial capacity for debt, and general timeline information presented. 

Thursdays, Oct. 1 - 29 -  See subcommittee meeting dates and presentations below.

Thursday, Nov. 12 - Subcommittee recommendations presented to CIP Steering Committee in public meeting. See presentation or read the reports.
  1. Finance
  2. Parks & Recreation
  3. Public Facilities
  4. Public Safety
  5. Streets & Drainage
Chris Schulmeister, Chair
  • Thursday, October 22 - Finance presentation reviewing bond package amounts with no, minimal and moderate proposed tax rate increase. Work of subcommittee concluded with this meeting.
  • Thursday, October 15 - Finance presentation reviewing financial feasibility and operation and maintenance costs.
  • Thursday, October 8 - Finance presentation reviewing financial feasibility and operation and maintenance costs.
  • Thursday, October 1 - Finance presentation on calculating tax rate impact, calculating operation and maintenance costs for capital projects, and debt capacity.