LETTER: Needing answers to simple questions

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

I have spent some time looking over the bond issues that are slated for the Sept. 10 election, and I am very confused. The official website has contradictory information.

For instance, in an FAQ segment [that the city has prepared and posted on its website], the question is asked: “What is the total tax rate implication for each bond referendum [in] question?” Part of the answer says the following: “The bond referendum gives the city seven years to issue bonds for these investments, with the possibility of a three-year extension.” However, in another question, we learn the following: “Preliminary work has already been completed on some of these projects. We are now ready to take the next step.”

Which is it? Are we are going to get these done right away, or are we going to take 7 to 10 years? And which projects are first on the list? And why are these projects first?

I don’t feel comfortable voting yes for bond referendums when I can’t even get simple answers to simple questions. I suggest we all vote no on the bond issues until the city council can get its act together and inform the public adequately.

Ami Hodge