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Published on January 5th, 2015 |


Infrastructure bond referendum set March 17 by City Council

The Atlanta City Council today (Jan. 5) approved 12-0 legislation authorizing a referendum March 17 for residents to vote for or against issuance of $252 million in bonds to fund up to a combined $250 million in public improvement capital outlay projects.

Atlanta faces an infrastructure backlog of more than $900 million. To address the city’s most pressing infrastructure challenges, such as improving our city’s roads, bridges, sidewalks and upgrade critical public buildings and facilities, the Sinkholecity is proposing the infrastructure bond referendum to pay for these repairs and improvements.

Also Monday, the council also approved legislation to create a “public infrastructure maintenance and improvement account” to appropriate 3.5 percent of the city’s General Fund Budget at the beginning of each fiscal year to ensure adequate annual future funding for routine maintenance, repair and replacement of public infrastructure.

The legislation for the annual maintenance account, which passed by a vote of 13-0, was shepherded by Buckhead Council Members Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Felicia Moore, Alex Wan and Mary Norwood.

According to the legislation passed Monday for the public referendum, the proposed General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds will consist of:

Buckhead has lots of sidewalks in need of repair.

Buckhead has lots of sidewalks in need of repair.

(1) $187,945,000 of bonds for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, improvement, critical capital maintenance and equipping of public streets and traffic control infrastructure and equipment, curbing, storm water drainage, street name and directional signage, bridges, viaducts and related public improvement including but not limited to streetlights, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and transit stops so as to improve the pedestrian and transit environment, the cost of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for such improvements; and

(2) $64,055,000 of the bonds for the purpose of paying the costs of the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, improvement, critical maintenance and equipping of municipal facilities, including buildings, recreation centers and other facilities and related public improvements and the cost of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 for such facilities and improvements.

The list of specific projects to be included in the bond issue is still a work in progress, according to reports from several council members and may not be finalized until sometime next fall.

But a resolution proposed by Dist. 7 Councilman Howard Shook to ensure the equitable distribution of bond funds allocated for the projects not citywide but within the various council districts was referred back to committee for further consideration.

The bond referendum will be held March 17, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at regular and established polling places in each precinct in the city.

Yolanda Adrean

Yolanda Adrean

Meanwhile on Monday, the full City Council appointed Dist. 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean of Buckhead as Council president pro tempore for calendar year 2015 by a vote of 12-0 and confirmed Amy Phuong as commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation by a vote of 13-0.

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