Voters In Tarrant County Deciding JPS Bond, Term Limits

Alan Scaia
November 06, 2018 - 1:49 pm
Tarrant County Voting

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Voters in Tarrant County are deciding the future of an $800 million bond package for JPS Health Network.

Officials say the money would be used for additional mental health beds, four community clinics and new surgical and patient towers at JPS Hospital.

"It's been over 35 years since we actually had a bond election in Tarrant County," says Judge Glen Whitley.

The measure would not change the property tax rate, but some voters say they wanted the measure to be rejected.

"I can't drive eight blocks without seeing a hospital, so work with what you've got," said one man who was voting in Keller, adding he believes the tax rate will change eventually. "They will increase our taxes."

Voters in Keller are deciding on eight million dollars for a senior center at Johnson Road Park.

In Arlington, voters are deciding whether to limit the mayor and city council members to three two-year terms.

"You need some time in these offices in order to understand it better," says one voter who opposed the measure. "I think experience makes you much wiser in your decision-making."

A supporter of term limits says the scandal of Dallas County Schools and the indictment and resignation of former Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway shows the need for turnover at every city hall.

"They're all indicted, and there was the other city council guy they finally figured out was involved in that, too," he said.