$55M Wilmington transportation bond heads to November ballot
 
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's now up to Wilmington voters to either pass or reject a transportation bond.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Wilmington City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with the $55 million bond and put it on the November ballot. While $44 million would be borrowed, the city would leverage existing funds to complete an entire package of projects worth $55 million.

According to a news release from city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert, $35 million would go to roads, and $20 million would be for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

If voters pass it, there would be a two-cent tax increase for the average property owner on a $200,000 home. Talbert said that equals about $40 a year.

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There is no way this will pass and that is regrettable. Wilmington folks will never vote for a tax increase thus we have sub standard roads. No way it will pass.

Please vote yes. I could care less about your taxes. Now I will have more free services your city will provide that I can enjoy without paying for! I loved the fireworks, we took a picnic dinner and sat on the tailgate. Thanks! Vote YES!

Having reviewed the Transportation plan and watched the City Counsel Presentation I can not support this issue. Yes I agree completely we have transportation issues however very little of the plan deals with issues affecting our community i.e. speeders, traffic enforcement, poorly maintained roads, the Market Street corridor, etc. The community provides feedback through studies however this plan does not capture those issues. As well, we continue to rezone (College) and push density (apartments and multifamily dwellings) and wonder why we have a problem. And by the way, Politician 101 says push tax and bond issues at the mid-term!

Now the City wants a bond passed that will raise property taxes. The school system wants a bond passed that will raise property taxes. The Cape Fear Public Utility has just raised its rates again and will do so more over the next few years. Do these various entities talk to each other? Do they think about how this all looks to taxpayers? I know that there are things that need doing, but many of us are on fixed incomes. We cannot pass a bond to raise our income. I am voting against the bonds. I do not know how else to send a message that there should be more coordination in raising rates or seeking bonds for approval.

"While only $44 million would be borrowed..." ONLY $44,000,000.00? ONLY? And what does "leverage existing funds" mean?

WWAY, stop parroting the press releases and do some actual reporting of useful information. For example, skip the used car salesman tactic of "a 2 cent tax increase" and report that this bond issue alone represents a whopping 4.4% tax rate increase. For what?

This money is supposedly for roads for which taxes are already collected and some vague "bicycle and pedestrian projects." TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS for bicycle and pedestrian projects? WOW! Does everyone get a bike?

so the reality is that taxes (if the bond passes) will go up 5 cents on a hundred
How about saying no to the tax folks. We cannot agree to a bond with no guarantees that they will not just levy another tax increase next year when they fail to manage the budget they have now.
it is like giving them a blank check.

What are they doing with the taxes they get from gasoline now?

Sell the convention center elephant, sell the 'park' the city just bought on the river near PPD, quit buying and selling the parking deck. Then use that money on the roads.

$20M just for bicycle paths and pedestrian projects?

The city has to be careful here. The National Highway fund is running out of money. What happens then? Over $180B of highway projects across the country would come to a screeching halt. If these projects needed to continue they'd need state and yes local funds to complete them.
I'm not against bike paths - far from it. But right now the city needs to keep some "ammo dry" just in case.............

Vog