Amarillo voters will have to wait to vote in a multimillion-dollar bond election for the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.

On Tuesday, the Amarillo City Council voted unanimously to postpone the city’s May bond election due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The vote was widely expected after city officials discussed postponing the election during last week’s city council meeting. The agenda for the meeting stated the vote was taken following Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation to local governments allowing them to postpone May municipal and special elections.

The election is now scheduled to take place on November 3, 2020, but could still be canceled before the election date, according to comments by city council members during last week’s meeting.

The election would fund the lion’s share of a proposed $319 million spending package aimed at renovating the Amarillo Civic Center Complex and spurring downtown development. Some of the major items included in the spending package are the construction of a new indoor arena downtown, relocation of Amarillo City Hall, and renovation of the Santa Fe Depot.

Thomas Warren

Thomas Warren, III is the editor-in-chief of the Amarillo Pioneer newspaper in Amarillo, Texas.

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