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City says better communication is needed for Quality of Life bond projects

Construction crews work on one of the Quality of Life bond projects. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

Five years ago, voters went to the polls and approved $473 million for the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds.

"So, we've spent about just over $88 million of that money in 62 projects,” city engineer Sam Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the city created a plan for how and when these Quality of Life projects would be finished.

"We have schedules that can deliver on, based on that roll-out plan, so that we stay in line with their debt policy and making sure that we spending along the way that was as it was approved by them,” Rodriguez said.

The signature items on the list -- such as the Children's Museum, Mexican American Cultural Center and the Multipurpose Cultural and Performing Arts Center-- have hit a few snags, however, and the city is trying to do better when it comes to letting people know there have been issues with projects.

"We want to get that out there either way so that people know that we are at least working on it,” Rodriguez said. “Even the ones that do fall behind, that we have a recovery schedule and a plan to get them back or adjust the schedule if that's the right thing to do."

The city has people watching over the projects. The Bond Oversight Advisory Committee chairman said the city is making sure El Pasoans are getting what they voted for.

"It's making sure that we have those contingencies that, when we have an issues or any setbacks,we have a recovery plan in place,” Rodriguez said.

The city has an interactive map on its website showing how much money has been designated for a project and when the project is expected to start and be finished.

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