The City of Fayetteville is preparing voters for the multi-million dollar bond program that will be voted on in the 2019 special election.
“The future of this city, for the next 15 years will depend on how this vote goes,” says Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan.
’10 for Fay’ is a project to refinance the bond program in Fayetteville.
According to the city, if the project is approved the program would not raise taxes. Mayor Jordan says it is intended to better the City of Fayetteville.
”I want people to be able to make a decent living wage in this city, so they can properly feed, educate and clothe themselves and their children,” says Jordan.
According to the city’s website, the $226 million extension of funding would provide 10 different projects. Improvements are planned for roads, trails, parks, drainage, economic development, city facilities, construction of the arts corridor, and improvements to the police and fire stations. This includes a new police headquarters and three new fire stations.
“We’re going to spend probably six to eight million dollars on building the baseball fields for the kids out at the Regional Park, and the rest of it will be sprinkled among all the other parks in the city,“ says Jordan.
“It takes money to move forward, it takes money to make progress, it takes money to allow our city government to do the job that we’ve hired them to do,“ says Joe Fennel, Bordino’s restaurant owner.
City officials say they have not received much push back from taxpayers, the only big questions are when these changes will come.
“I can assure you that if the bond is passed on Tuesday, we’ll go to work Wednesday morning,“ says Jordan.
The issue will be on the 2019 City of Fayetteville’s Special Election ballot. Early voting in Washington County begins Tuesday, April 2.
For more information on the bond project, visit the city’s website here.