Wilmington residents approve $44M Transportation Bond

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington voters approved the city’s Street and Sidewalk Bonds, a $44 million project.

The vote — 20,689 to 11,191 — showed almost 65% of voters want improvements in the area. Officials said the area is the worst in the state for bicycle deaths and one of the leading counties for pedestrian deaths. The project will impact several areas around the city, including downtown. Large signs were placed on the sidewalks in the area to show a mockup of the improvements to that specific area.

With the bond approved, officials said there could be impacts for citizens’ property taxes by two cents per $100. That means if your home is worth $200,000, your property taxes would go up $40 a year.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo issued the following statement after the election results:

“We are very pleased that Wilmington voters chose to approve the 2014 Transportation Bond. We are grateful to all the citizens who took the time to vote and have a say in their local government, Saffo said. “This election tells us what input from our citizen survey and neighborhood planning meetings have already told us – our residents want more trails and sidewalks, as well as ways to help ease traffic congestion in Wilmington. The projects identified in the bond will be designed to do just that. Now, we begin the hard work to put in place what our residents told us they wanted and what the city committed to doing.”

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