Road repair bond, public safety millage set for November ballot

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — City officials hope that a recovering economy and growing need for road improvements will result in a voter-approved bond issue during the November general election. A similar question — for a greater amount — failed to gain voter support last year.

Mayor Patricia Diaz Krause said the question of approving a 10-year bond of up to $20 million for street projects, remains a needed source of funding.

“We can always find reasons to say the time’s not right,” Krause said. “We did it a year ago and it failed. But I get so many complaints about the roads it behooves us to ask the question again.”

Whether homeowner economics have improved enough for voters to approve the 2.6-mill, 10 year request — not to exceed $20 — remains to be seen. In 2012 a $30 million bond proposal failed when 54.5 percent of voters rejected the question. If approved in November, the proposed bond would impose the 2.6-mill levy beginning in 2014.

Krause said there are many roads in the city now categorized as “in failure” that would be immediately addressed, and hopefully others that will soon reach the same definition.

“The longer you wait the more expensive it gets,” Krause said. “Our roads have been getting progressively worse for decades.”

The bond question is one of two on November’s general election ballot, along with a police and fire millage renewal and contested races for the offices of mayor and clerk, and six seats on city council.

Voters will be asked to authorize continuation of a 3.45-mill levy for police and fire services for three years, extending through 2017. If approved the renewal would generate approximately $1.8 million in 2014.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)