Moving Garner Forward
In March 2013, Garner voters approved four bond referendums authorizing the Town to issue up to $35.716 million in general obligation bonds.
Support for the bond program was overwhelming. Seventy-three percent (1,685 votes) voted for the Street and Sidewalk Improvement Bonds, 70 percent (1,682 votes) voted for Parks and Recreational Bonds, 66 percent (1,671 votes) voted for Redevelopment Bonds, and 75 percent (1,688 votes) voted for Public Safety and Services Facilities Bonds.
Since that vote, the Town has had two bond issues totaling approximately $24.5 million. There will be a third bond issue at a yet-to-be-determined date.
There was a municipal property tax rate increase of 2.75 cents (implemented across two years--FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16) to help service the bond debt. The Town's Revenue Savings Program, which dedicates a portion of annual revenue growth to support capital improvements such as bond projects, helped keep the tax rate increase lower than otherwise projected.
Numerous projects funded by the bonds have been completed, most notably the new police station at 912 7th Ave., dugout covers and new concessions/restroom buildings at South Garner and Garner Recreational parks, the Lake Benson and North Garner dog parks, and various sidewalk and street-lighting projects around town.
Future big-ticket projects include a new Town Hall at 900 7th Ave. and the Garner Recreation Center at Main and Montague streets in historic downtown Garner.
Town staff produce a quarterly report updating the status of bond projects. The map below also offers an overview of the status of projects.