Monday, May 27, 2013

Residents To Vote On City's Development Future

After weeks of discussion, the Sanford City Council has decided to let voters choose whether to take on several community projects totaling $14.5 million.

This November, citizens will vote on a bond referendum that includes:
  • Expansion of the Endor Iron Furnace Greenway ($4 million)
  • Improvements to the streetscape in downtown Sanford and Jonesboro ($6.5 million)
  • Sidewalk improvements ($2 million)
  • Recreational projects ($2 million)
For detailed explanation of each item, you can watch City Council's discussions of the referendum items over the past several weeks or this Sanford Herald article.

Financial Impact

If the bond referendum passes, the city property tax rate may be impacted by 5.25 cents per $100 valuation, the Sanford Herald reported.

The $14.5 million total is down from $21.5 million before a new public safety building was removed from the  package. Council decided at its May 15, 2013 retreat to proceed with the new building on its own.

Next Steps

The City also resolved to advertise the bond referendum in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information and explanation of each item and its importance in Sanford's future.

1 comment:

  1. Wrong priorities at the wrong time. Were there is no vision the citizens perish and the mayor and council must be seeing a mirage.