City to host public meeting on proposed bond projects June 12

Release Date: 
05/30/2014

Community members interested in learning more about a continuation bond the city will consider proposing to voters this November are invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the Vert Little Theater Room, 345 SW 4th St. The potential bond, if approved by voters, would continue the existing tax rate of a bond that expired earlier this year. Click here to take an online survey to provide feedback on the proposed projects.

During the public meeting, community members will hear from various City officials about the extensive process the City has conducted to determine potential bond projects for voters to consider. This has included a citizen’s advisory group of community members and three city councilors, who met over seven months to review potential projects and make recommendations to the City Council. In addition, the City conducted a public opinion phone survey to collect input from citizens on some of the potential projects.

The City and council members now want to inform the public of these projects and gather community feedback before making any final decisions on what could appear on a November ballot. Projects up for consideration include deferred maintenance on city buildings to improve efficiencies, upgrades to technology, and replacing a fire station with a new building. This bond is only able to address capital improvement projects throughout the City.

The community meeting will conclude with a tour of the Vert facility to highlight deferred maintenance on that building, as well as a tour of Fire Station #1 on Southwest Court Avenue, which is another recommended bond project. Transportation from the Vert to the fire station and back will be provided. Please note that ascending and descending stairs will be a part of this tour.

An online survey is available by clicking here here for citizens to provide additional feedback on the potential bond projects.

City Councilors will utilize data from the phone survey, feedback from the community and recommendations from the citizen’s advisory group when it makes its decision regarding what bond projects to include in a continuation bond on November’s ballot during a June council meeting.

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