Guide to Garner 2018-19 edition - Page 16

Garner Bond Program In March 2013, Garner voters helped set the town on a bold path for the future. By overwhelming margins (at least 2 to 1), Garner citizens approved four referendums authorizing more than $35.7 million in general obligation bonds. The bonds position Garner to have orderly growth in the coming years. They will signifi cantly enhance citizens’ quality of life and the level of service that the Town provides. tax rate increase of 2.75 cents (implemented across two years—FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16) to help service the bond debt. Numerous projects funded by the bonds have been completed, most notably a new Town Hall and police station. Current major construction projects include the Garner Recreation Center at Main and Montague streets in historic downtown Garner. It’s due to be completed by the summer of 2018. Here’s a summary of the four types of bonds that voters approved: • Voters authorized the Town to issue Public Safety and Services Facilities Bonds totaling up to $12 million. These bonds have funded the police headquarters at 912 7th Ave., which opened in December 2015, and the new, 26,000-square-foot Town Hall, which opened in July 2017 at the site of the old municipal buildings at 900 7th Ave. The expanded space and upgraded technology at the new Town Hall enables staff to provide timely and effi cient service to residents as Garner grows in the coming decades. A key new feature of the building is consolidating Development Services departments and having one customer-service intake area for the departments on the fi rst fl oor near the front entrance. • Voters authorized the Town to issue Street and Sidewalk Improvement Bonds totaling Support for the bond program was overwhelming. Seventy-fi ve percent of voters cast their ballots for Public Safety and Services Facilities Bonds, 73 percent for Street and Sidewalk Improvement Bonds, 70 percent voted for Parks and Recreational Bonds and 66 percent for Redevelopment Bonds. Since that 2013 election, the Town has had two bond issues totaling approximately $24.5 million. A third bond issue will occur at a yet-to-be- determined date. There was a municipal property 14