ROSWELL — Roswell voters will decide during this November’s election whether to approve major capital projects and improvements around the city.
Voters will decide on a $107.6 million bond for Recreation & Parks, bike/pedestrian improvements, and sidewalks; a $52 million bond for a new Police & Fire Headquarters and new fire stations throughout Roswell; and a $20 million bond for a new parking deck in historic downtown Roswell.
Roswell’s mayor and city council unanimously approved placing the bond questions on the November ballot during their meeting on Monday. The mayor and city council agreed to ask residents three separate bond questions they will be able to vote on individually on the November ballot.
Mayor Kurt Wilson said the city has put off improvements and capital projects around Roswell for too long.
“We’ve heard from residents that they want improvements to their parks, that they want more sidewalks and trails, that they want to support our police and fire departments, and that they want a parking deck downtown. Now they will decide on the ballot in November whether to provide the funding to move forward with these improvements throughout our city,” Wilson said.
The $107.6 million bond for Recreation & Parks, bike/pedestrian improvements, and sidewalks would cost $205 per year or $17.08 a month in additional property taxes on an average Roswell home valued at $450,000. The $52 million bond for the new Police & Fire Headquarters and new fire stations would cost $99 per year or $8.25 per month in additional property taxes on an average Roswell home. And the $20 million bond for the downtown parking deck would cost the average homeowner $38 per year or $3.17 per month.
The city council will finalize the list of capital projects for the bonds at its Monday, Aug. 22 meeting. The city will be holding meetings throughout Roswell to discuss the projects in-depth with voters once the project list is finalized.
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