Additional money needed to build $60 million children’s museum approved

Renderings of what the new El Paso Children’s Museum could look like. El Pasoans can now vote on their favorite design.

El Paso will soon be home to a children's museum.

El Paso City Council members and the mayor on Monday voted to approve increasing the budget for the children's museum.

Voters approved $20 million for the museum in the 2012 Quality of Life bond. On Monday, the council was asked for an additional $20 million.

El Paso Children’s Museum director Paul Kortenaar said after looking into what the public wants, the price tag for the museum is $60 million.

The additional cost means taxpayers will pay an average of $3 more in their property taxes starting in 2020.

The director said the museum is needed in the Borderland and will be available for all families.

“One of our key measures is that it’s accessible to everybody in the community, whether that’s affordability, whether that’s accessibility issues, we want to make sure that everyone feels welcome in this museum,” said Kortenaar.

People told CBS4 the extra taxes is worth it.

"It's going to good use, it's not like it's wasted money, so I think it's okay," said El Paso resident Elizabeth Martinez.

"Nobody wants to pay more taxes, but, the city can't develop for free," said El Paso resident Miguel Diaz.

He said construction will take more than three years.

He expects the children's museum to be open in Fall 2021.

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