Shreveport Business Leaders Oppose Most of Bond Proposals
The Committee of 100 and the Chamber sent out a statement explaining why they oppose all of the proposals except Proposition 1 which would fund improvements for the police and fire departments.
But the business leaders have some suggestions on how that money should be spent.
Those funds should be utilized only for the construction of the new police and fire stations, and that the city commits to limiting its bond issuance amount to those funds currently available in the debt service fund. By issuing bonds equal to the available surplus funds, the city can fund these buildings without raising taxes. Furthermore, we ask the city to delay issuing these bonds until a new permanent Chief is selected for each service and each Chief has made a presentation to the public concerning the design, function and budget for each of these facilities.
The business leaders oppose all of the other bond propositions.
The total price tag for the 5 Propositions totals more than $240 million and would fund improvements across the community.
What's Included in the Propositions?
Proposition 1 - $70.65M
Fire vehicles and equipment $13,550,000
Fire station #11 (Youree Drive) engine room $500,000
Fire station #12 (Woolworth Road) relocation & build $2,900,000
Fire station #14 (Greenwood Road) relocation $2,900,000
Fire station #15 (West70th) relocation $2,900,000
Fire station renovations & maintenance $1,500,000
Fire academy maintenance & renovations $4,820,000
Central police headquarters $27,500,000
Shreveport police department substations $4,500,000
City jail maintenance & improvements $2,000,000
Emergency mobile command center (LDV) $1,000,000
Street lighting $5,000,000
Proposition 2 - $22.74M Bond
City communications system (fiber optic) - broadband, traffic signals & water & sewer $20,000,000 dig once initiative $2,000,000
Proposition 3 - $64.7M Bond
Purchase of floodplain properties $2,000,000
Floodplain management plan $2,000,000
Drainage improvements $22,750,000
Sanitary sewer improvements $29,500,000
Twelve Mile Bayou raw water main improvements $4,000,000
Amiss WTR piping and valve replacement $3,000,000
Proposition 4 - $63.375M Bond
Linwood overpass $20,000,000
Streets, bridges, sidewalks, ADA improvements $41,956,690
Proposition 5 - $21.135M Bond
Huntington golf course improvements $1,000,000
Querbes park recreation center & outdoor recreation $2,500,000
Municipal Auditorium phase II renovations $1,000,000
Park/recreation center improvements $10,450,000
Parking lot overlays $2,500,000
Parking upgrades $3,000,000
Mayor Adrian Perkins is urging voters to support all five proposals. "The needs of our citizens far exceed what the city of Shreveport has in the budget. That is why I'm asking the city council to support the bond."
What Are the Results of the KEEL Poll So Far?
Proposition 1 Police and Fire 51% yes 43% no and 6% undecided
Proposition 2 Technology 16% yes 76% no and 8% undecided
Proposition 3 Water, Sewer and Drainage 26% yes 70% no and 4% undecided
Proposition 4 Streets 28% yes 67% no and 6% undecided
Proposition 3 Parks and Recreation 14% yes 79% no and 7% undecided
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