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Four bonds go before Garner voters

Posted March 11, 2013

— Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether Garner will issue any of four bond referendums on the ballot.

The four referendums are as follows:

  • $14.566 million in Street and Sidewalk Improvement Bonds for upgrades to U.S. Highway 70, downtown access, neighborhood projects and sidewalks.
  • $12 million in Public Safety and Services Facilities Bonds for a new Garner Police Department headquarters and either renovating or replacing Town Hall.
  • $7.15 million in Parks and Recreational Bonds for an indoor recreation center, Garner Performing Arts Center improvements, park enhancements and greenways.
  • $2 million in Redevelopment Bonds for the Historic Downtown Garner Plan's transportation and utility infrastructure needs.

If all four bonds are approved, the local tax property tax rate could increase up to 2.75 cents per $100 valuation.


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  • FarmerDoug Mar 12, 2013

    Whether you vote yes or no, do know that your Garner neighbors are out in full force voting. We voted at 11am, less than 1/2% at our precinct have voted. I guess the 99% will have something new to gripe about tomorrow.

  • iamsiam1096 Mar 11, 2013

    more waste like the stupid roundabout they put in....yeah, no thanks.

  • Ex-Republican Mar 11, 2013

    Forget about sidewalk improvement. Garner should work with the county and DOT to widen Highway 50 (Benson Hwy.) from two to four lanes from Hwy 70 to 1010. North Raleigh's Highway 50 was widened over twenty years ago. It's time to address serious infrastructure needs in Garner.

  • fish239 Mar 11, 2013

    Another project like the money spent on beautification of Garner Road. Sidewalk, curbs and a monster junk pile just before the Historic Downtown.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 11, 2013

    BE smart people, VOTE NOT TO DEBT.

  • Fun Mar 11, 2013

    This is an incomplete/inaccurate statement WRAL "the local tax property tax rate would increase 2.75 cents per $100 valuation." If it would increase 2.75 please tell from what, the current rate and the new rate?

  • anderson Mar 11, 2013

    If you live in Garner please join me in voting AGAINST these bonds...we can't afford more taxes (Wake county is looking at a possible tax increase as well on property) and a good portion of what these bonds would pay for is just cosmetic

  • sing2god Mar 11, 2013

    Garner takes a lesson from President Obama and the spending habits of Washington DC. All but 12.25 mil or so is to "revitalize" downtown Garner. Government should never involve itself where there is private industry ready to fill in the void. To protect the Parks and Rec department the town is prepared to build and man a gym when the YMCA is better equipped. Land has been donated already for the YMCA and the money given to the town by ConAgra would just about cover the cost of the building. The Y has already proven itself to be a valuable partner in Garner through it's excellent after school program. Will the really create jobs? Will Garner residents really go downtown? I suspect not. What I know for sure is that I do not want tax rates to increase so that property owners downtown can see their land values rise.