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Why Prop A?

Population Growth
  • Rockwall County is the sixth fastest growing county in the nation by percentage.*

* Source: Texas Demographic Center, Jan. 15, 2021, report to Leadership North Texas

  • Between 2010 and 2020, the recent 2020 Census showed that Rockwall County grew by 44.6%.

  • Annual growth for Rockwall County has averaged 5% per year since 2015.

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Source: North Central Texas Council of Governments

Why County Funds for State Roads?
  • State roads carry majority of traffic in Rockwall County.

  • Federal and state funding look for partnerships for leveraging opportunities for new roads.

  • Gas tax has not been increased in 23 years.

  • Fuel efficiency is reducing available transportation funding.

  • Regional funding requires local government financial participation.

Partnership in Action

​As money becomes available, TxDOT and NCTCOG will choose and prioritize projects that have existing local funding dollars committed. The local funding provided by the bond program will substantially expedite roadway improvements.

Benefits to Partnering
  • Decreases congestion on city and county roads

  • Increases quality of life

  • Provides through traffic on city roads

  • Improves air quality

  • Reduces standing traffic emissions

  • Enhances economic development; keeps tax base strong

  • Increases safety

    • Ambulance service accessibility

    • Reduces dangerously high roadbeds

    • Improves Bus Routes

Why County Funds for State Roads?
  • The voters of Rockwall County approved $17 million in road bonds in 2004 and $100 million in 2008.

  • Voters were told the maximum impact/worst case scenario to their tax rate for both bond programs would be 6.48 cents per $100 valuation. However, there has been no tax impact to County taxpayers in either bond package.

  • The County’s financial advisors have estimated that the maximum impact for the 2021 road bond package to be approximately 5 cents per $100 valuation. However, Commissioners Court is committed to issuing debt in a responsible way so as not to have a tax impact on county residents.

  • Residents’ total tax rate in 2004 was $0.3534 per $100/valuation. Today, it is at $0.3131 per $100/valuation.

Power of Leveraging

​To date, Rockwall County Commissioners, working with partners, have utilized the voter-approved proceeds from the 2004 and 2008 road bond programs to fund and construct more than $1 BILLION in roadway projects throughout the county that improve the quality of life of every resident.

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TRIP21 Process: Rockwall County Transportation Consortium

​Rockwall County works with its cities through its Transportation Consortium to achieve:

  • A stronger voice

  • Economy of scale

  • Efficiency

  • Coordinated planning

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TRIP21 Process: Project Selection
  • Rockwall County worked with each community to identify the projects critical to their residents.

  • Once a draft list of projects was compiled, the county met with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Department of Transportation to identify which projects had the best potential for partnership leveraging.

  • The final list of projects was presented to the Consortium for reference.

  • Rockwall County Commissioners Court authorized the anticipated list of projects to be on the $150 million Road Bond Program on August 10, 2021.