Buda initiates 2021 bond projects

Staff Report

Buda city officials have begun mobilizing to initiate the implementation of the November 2021 bond projects by forming a Buda Bond Oversight Committee (BBOC) which will be charged with establishing the scope of bond projects and monitoring progress.

During the November 2021 election, Buda voters approved a $89.66 million bond package designed to improve transportation and parks and recreation. The bond consists of more than 13 transportation projects and six parks projects. Some will take months or years to complete depending on the project’s complexity; however, the city will “work diligently to provide bond updates throughout the bond’s lifetime.” 

The BBOC comprises 17 Buda residents and five alternates that Buda City Council appointed during the Jan. 18 council meeting. This ad hoc committee will ensure that the projects are implemented timely, effectively, transparently, fairly and with quality and equity. They will meet regularly to help track bond expenditures, review procurement methods and evaluate project designs. 

Additionally, the committee will add a layer of transparency to the bond implementation process, as the the meetings will be open to the public and the agenda and minutes will be posted on the Buda Bonds website at www.budabonds.com. 

The city has also opened solicitations for Bond Program Management Services, an entity that will provide professional consulting to help the city support management and implementation of the 2021 bond projects.

The service will help administer bond funds, work to keep the design teams on target and on time, perform quality assurance for design and construction methods and help with the overall management of the program. Bond project workshops and meetings with neighborhoods adjacent to the projects will also be held to allow residents to provide feedback.  

Currently, the city is in the process of completing the $55 million bond package passed by voters during the November 2014 election for facilities, parks, trails, streets and drainage improvements. As of February 2022, about 90% of all projects have been completed and only a few projects remain. 

For bond updates and more information about workshops and BBOC meetings, visit www.budabonds.com. If you have specific questions about the 2021 bonds, contact Deputy City Manager Micah Grau at mgrau@ci.buda.tx.us.

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