AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Update as of 10:45 p.m. Proposition A and B were defeated Tuesday evening, and Prop C, which reduces the number of required Amarillo City Council meetings, was passed by voters.
61% of Amarillo voters were against and 39% were for Prop A.
“Although Prop A did not pass, thousands of people believed in this critical project and voted in favor of redeveloping the Civic Center,” said Build Amarillo member Jason Herrick.
“This proves that Amarillo residents are ready to take our town to the next level. It’s extremely unfortunate we won’t be doing that in the near future because we have great momentum in Amarillo right now,” Herrick added.
MyHighPlains.com spoke with Alex Fairly, an Amarillo businessman who led the campaign against Prop A. He told our team they never thought the Civic Center bond issue would be over Nov. 3.
Fairly said they still need to do something in Downtown Amarillo, but they do not agree with the plan for Prop A on the Nov. ballot.
Fairly said now, they are working with people on both sides of the civic center issue to make a proposition that people are open to passing. He said it should include a smaller proper tax hike and a project Amarillo think fits our market place and times.
Prop B also failed with 51.2% voting against it and 48.8% voting for it.
Prop C was the only proposition on the ballot to pass Tuesday night. 57.3% of voters passed the prop while 42.7% voted against.
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo voters have three city propositions to decide this Election Day, one of which affects our Civic Center and a potential property tax increase if passed.
Proposition A is about the future of the Amarillo Civic Center. If it had passed, Amarillo voters would have approved a $275 million bond.
Those bond funds were set to be used for the civic center and surrounding projects. A new arena was to be added to the existing civic center, along with an overhaul of the facility.
A green space would be added near Hodgetown, and Amarillo City Hall would be relocated. Bond funds would also provide for a new parking garage and other improvements.
If Prop A had passed, Amarillo residents’ annual property tax would have increase $130.80 per $100,000 valuation of their home.
MyHighPlains.com spoke with two voters at the Randall County Annex Tuesday afternoon about the possibility of a new civic center.
“I think the one we have is fine,” said Mary Burgess. “I didn’t vote for it because I really hadn’t heard about it, but I might in the future.”
Another voter who voted ‘no’ on Prop A this election, said he would consider voting ‘yes’ in the future, after this Presidential Election.
“I just feel that we don’t need that right now, that we need other things going on besides putting our money into that and raising our taxes,” said Roy Barrington. “I wanted to wait until all this is over and then I’m going to the City Hall and going to the meetings and then see what it’s really all about.”
Prop B, would have changed Amarillo City Council terms from two years to four, as well as stagger the terms.
Finally, Prop C, which passed, will reduce the number of required city council meetings each year. The city council would no longer meet every week. Instead, they will meet 24 times a year.
Check the results for the props here.
Stay tuned to MyHighPlains.com throughout the night. We will hear from those for and against Prop A, and bring you the latest results on City of Amarillo propositions on the ballot.