2019 Special Election
January 22, City Council Pre-Meeting: Watch discussion on agenda item to consider approval of ballot language for a Proposition to sell approximately 171.393 acres of City park land described as 3811 South Belt Line Road, containing 87.727 acres, and 4600 Mercury Road, containing 83.666 acres, the entirety of which is located in the City of Balch Springs, Dallas County, Texas.
What is the purpose of this election?
On May 4, 2019, the City of Mesquite will hold a special election to determine the future use of 171 acres of City-owned property located within Balch Springs. This land was purchase by the City in 1994 as part of a property foreclosure by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The land was purchased with Park Bond Funds and designated as a park as the original intent was to use the property to develop a regional park and sports complex. This designation prohibits the land from being used for other purposes.The purpose of the election is to give Mesquite voters the option of removing the park designation from the property and authorize the sale of the property. For more information or questions, please call the City Secretary's Office at 972-216-6244.
Where is early voting in Mesquite?
Early voting locations in Mesquite are Florence Recreation Center, 2501 Whitson Way, and Lakeside Activity Center, 101 Holley Park Drive. Early voting shall be conducted by personal appearance from April 22, 2019, through April 30, 2019, on the following dates and times:
- Monday – Friday, April 22, 2019, through April 26, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Monday – Tuesday, April 29, 2019, through April 30, 2019, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where is the land located?
The land is located at 3811 South Belt Line Road, containing approximately 87.727 acres, and adjacent land located at 4600 Mercury Road, containing approximately 83.666 acres, the entirety of which is located in the City of Balch Springs, Texas. The property is outlined in yellow in the image above.
What is the ballot language?
City Of Mesquite Proposition A
Shall the City of Mesquite City Council be authorized to: (1) convey by sale up to approximately 171.393 acres of City park land, including adjacent parcels of approximately 87.727 acres of land located at 3811 South Belt Line Road and approximately 83.666 acres of land located at 4600 Mercury Road, the entirety of which is located in the City of Balch Springs, Dallas County, Texas, and (2) use the proceeds of the conveyance for the funding and enhancement of the City of Mesquite park and recreation system?
What happens if voters approve the proposition?
If voters approve the removal of the park dedication and HUD lifts the restrictions, the City would be able to sell the property to either the City of Balch Springs or a developer. The City would designate the funds from the sale of the property for park use, but this use would no longer be limited to the property in Balch Springs. Staff would then seek City Council direction on the exact use of these funds.
What happens if the proposition fails?
Currently, the City does not have plans to use the entire property or other plans to sell it with the park use restriction.
Why can't this election wait until November?
There is currently developer interest in the property and because of the complex restrictions placed on the property by HUD, this is an opportunity for the City to sell the property.