LETTER: Let's vote to secure Sanford's future

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Sanford is growing; there is no question about that. The real question on everyone's mind is “how” we are going to grow and “what” are we going to be. We have come to the crossroads, and it is time to make a decision; are we going stand still or move forward.

Are you happy with old and busted sidewalks and storm drains, outdated crosswalks, a dilapidated and struggling downtown, no common greenways to connect residents to business areas, and a lack of parks and safe activities for our children? I am not. I want a vibrant downtown that is conducive to private growth with connecting greenways and public parks for families, as well as sidewalks and pedestrian crossings that are modern and safe and a city that is open, ready and willing to grow in a logical and financially smart manner. I want a forward-thinking city where families and businesses want to come and are able to grow and succeed.

The municipal bond markets are strong. They are bought and sold by individual American investors and are considered a conservative portfolio addition because of their fixed low rates and tax-exempt status. Those who want to stand still will try to scare you with “immediate pain” and “high tax” slogans, but, in fact, the amount per $100,000 of property equals about $52, and that's only if everything is implemented at the same time. That's less than going out for dinner and a movie. They are longterm and safe investments, and we need to pass them now to secure Sanford’s future.

These bonds are the best and most democratic way for our citizens to have a voice in how their dollars are spent. If you want to move forward, please vote yes for the bonds, because Sanford Matters.

Richard S. Blackwelder