Bond Election Background

2017 General Obligation Bond Election

On November 7, 2017, voters in the City of Murphy approved Propositions A, B, and D relating to the issuance of General Obligation debt in the amount of $ 21,645,000. Proceeds from the issuance of debt will be used to fund projects related to Street Improvements, Public Safety Facilities, and Park and Recreational Facilities.

City staff are currently working to select professional firms that will provide engineering and architectural services throughout the design and construction process. The city anticipates beginning the design process for prioritized projects shortly after the New Year. Given the large number of projects approved, it will not be possible to undertake all projects at the same time. Projects will be staggered over a four-year period. Initial construction activity for the first set of prioritized projects will commence during the summer of 2018.

Information regarding project scope, location, and status is available here on the city web site. Project status will be updated frequently. In addition, staff will present monthly status updates to city council.

Proposition A: The Issuance of $15,510,000 General Obligation Bonds for Street Improvements.

Proposition B:  The Issuance of $1,735,000 General Obligation Bonds for Public Safety Facilities.

Proposition D:  The Issuance of $4,400,000 General Obligation Bonds for Park and Recreational Facilities.


On November 15, 2016 the Murphy City Council appointed seven citizens to serve on a Capital Projects Advisory Committee (CPAC), the first such committee in ten years. The members of CPAC were tasked to review capital needs within the City and provide City Council with a recommended list of prioritized projects. Over the course of eight months, CPAC conducted 13 meetings, 3 work sessions, and 2 public town hall meetings to obtain citizen input, prioritize projects, and develop proposed funding strategies. The Committee’s work culminated with a final report to City Council on June 21, 2017. 

Subsequent to the receipt of the final report, City Council met several times to review city needs and develop a list of ballot propositions.  In its deliberations, City Council modified the recommended project lists and directed staff to take the following actions: 1) proceed with the process necessary to call a $22,960,000 GO bond election for November 7, 2017; 2) prepare an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $5,545,000 in Certificates of Obligation for Utility related projects; and 3) prepare an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $3,510,000 in Tax Notes for improvements to existing municipal buildings.  The November 7, 2017 election concerns the issuance of General Obligation bonds only.  The issuance of Certificates of Obligation and Tax Notes will be acted upon by City Council at a later date.

Information is available elsewhere on the city web site that provides a list of anticipated capital projects that will be funded through General Obligation bonds.  All amounts and anticipated uses of bond funds are preliminary and subject to change.  Actual use of any approved bonds will be determined by action of the Murphy City Council.  
Power Point Presentations for all CPAC Meetings.

  1. Proposition A
  2. Proposition B
  3. Proposition D

Proposition A:  The Issuance of $15,510,000 General Obligation Bonds for Street Improvements.TOP

Anticipated Uses*DepartmentCategoryEstimated Costs*
D-16 (Creekside Drive)Public WorksInfrastructure$33,000
D-5 South Maxwell Creek Road (36" Culvert)Public WorksInfrastructure$150,000
D-6 Bunny Run Drive (2 - 48" Culvert)Public WorksInfrastructure$175,000
D-7 South Maxwell Creek Road (72" Culvert)Public WorksInfrastructure$225,000
D-8 South Maxwell Creek Road (2 - 48" Culvert)Public WorksInfrastructure$200,000
D-9 McWhiter Road (36" Culvert)Public WorksInfrastructure$50,000
North Maxwell Creek RoadPublic WorksInfrastructure$1,424,000
South Maxwell Creek RoadPublic WorksInfrastructure$724,000
Kinney DrivePublic WorksInfrastructure$486,000
Street Panel ReplacementPublic WorksInfrastructure$2,000,000
Right Turn Lane Northbound South Murphy Road @ F.M. 544Public WorksInfrastructure$175,000
Landscape & Irrigation ImprovementsPublic WorksInfrastructure$1,000,000
Landscape & Irrigation ImprovementsPublic WorksInfrastructure$1,000,000
C-1 (East of Shady Timbers Lane)Public WorksInfrastructure$1,827,000
C-2 (South Murphy Road to Hawthorne Drive)Public WorksInfrastructure$1,089,000
C-3 (South Murphy Road to Mimosa Drive)Public WorksInfrastructure$1,787,000
C-4 (Horizon Drive & Parallel Lot-Line Swale)Public WorksInfrastructure$410,000
C-5 (Skyline Drive Swale)Public WorksInfrastructure$200,000
C-6 (McWhirter Drive Southern Swale)Public WorksInfrastructure$250,000
D-1 (6-Foot by 6-Foot Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert Extension) Public WorksInfrastructure$408,000
D-2 (18-Inch Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culvert)Public WorksInfrastructure$143,000
D-3 (60-Inch Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culverts)Public WorksInfrastructure$252,000
D-4 (60-Inch Reinforced Concrete Pipe Culverts)Public WorksInfrastructure$299,000
D-10 (Waters Edge Way)Public WorksInfrastructure$63,000
D-11 (Waters Edge Way)Public WorksInfrastructure$45,000
D-12 (Waters Edge Way)Public WorksInfrastructure$113,000
D-13 (Waters Edge Way)Public WorksInfrastructure$68,000
D-14 (Creekside Drive)Public WorksInfrastructure$64,000
D-15 (Creekside Drive)Public WorksInfrastructure$43,000
N Maxwell Creek Road RR crossing & sidewalk constructionPublic WorksInfrastructure$300,000
Project Management Costs   $506,250
Rounding to nearest $5,000  $750


* Note: All amounts and anticipated uses of bond funds are preliminary and subject to change. Actual use of any approved bonds will be determined by action of the City Council.