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Garner voters approve $35M in bonds

Posted March 12, 2013

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— Garner residents could see a local property tax increase after voters on Tuesday approved four bond referendums focused on street and sidewalk improvement, parks and public safety.

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.

The local tax property tax rate could increase up to 2.75 cents per $100 valuation.


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  • Evolve Mar 14, 2013

    People, do some math. If you own a $150,000 house, that's $41.25 extra annually so that we can live somewhere nicer and possibly shed some of Garner's rep. Have a little pride. I think we can swing it. Wait, forget everyone else, it's all about me (eye roll...) BTW, I did vote for the bonds and will happily pay the money!

  • hfmichael Mar 14, 2013

    Less than 1500 residents turned out and voted to spend the $35 million. Less than 1% made the decision. Those that didn't vote need not complain, that's democracy!!!

  • pattyjuly25 Mar 13, 2013

    Don't want this to become a habit, we pay enough taxes already!

  • WralCensorsAreBias Mar 13, 2013

    I hope Garner residents won't be so quick to vote yes for future school bonds. Especially after how you guys have been treated by the school system and their boards over the last many years.

  • pappybigtuna1 Mar 13, 2013

    Don't live in Garner, just very near. Want to thank the Tax Payers of Garner for approving the Bond, and now you get to pay for the Bond.

    I would enjoy the City of Garner putting in new and improved stuff for my pleasure, paid for by someone else, what great state & country I live in.

  • fatchanceimwrong Mar 13, 2013

    I've lived in and around Garner my whole life and I'm disappointed that Garner does not have a downtown area. The history downtown area has nothing to draw people. I look at the main st area of Fuquay and the area of Varina, as well as main st in Clayton. They have sidewalks with a variety of stores, shops and restaurants and hold many community events. I don't understand why Garner has never developed useful downtown area.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Mar 13, 2013

    Congratulations to Garner (seems like I've been saying that a lot in the past few years!). I am glad to see that a solid majority of you are proud of your community and willing to invest in its future...great local government, great parks, great people, great future.

    And of course a few of the usual whiners and self-appointed experts.

  • xylem01 Mar 13, 2013

    Fools and their monies are soon parted!

  • jseck Mar 13, 2013

    let me get this right Garner wants to spend lots of money to get people to go down town. There is nothing there that make anyone want to go there.

  • anderson Mar 13, 2013

    Thanks to all my fellow citizens of Garner for voting on what is mostly junk so my taxes can go up. Geniuses...