Longmont City Council to Consider Urging Voters to OK $32.8 Million Bond Proposals
Longmont City Council on Tuesday night is slated to consider a resolution formally urging people to vote yes on three ballot questions that would authorize the city to sell up to $32.8 million in bonds to finance a variety of public improvements projects.
The bond-funded work is needed “for the rehabilitation and improvement of city buildings, including the Library, Civic Center, Safety and Justice Building, fire stations and recreation facilities,” according to the resolution up for council consideration.
Interest and principal on the bonds would be repaid from a portion of revenues collected from existing municipal sales and use tax and would not require a new tax, the resolution notes.
Council members on Aug. 14 voted unanimously to advance three separate bond proposals to the November ballot. They are:
• Issuing up to $6.815 million in bonds to finance recreation facilities improvements, including renovation of Centennial Swimming Pool, golf course irrigation systems and a new Ute Creek Golf Course maintenance facility.
• Issuing up to $16.43 million in bonds to finance rehabilitation of and improvements to city buildings, including the Civic Center Complex at 350 Kimbark St., the Longmont Public Library at 409 Fourth Ave., the Safety and Justice Center at 225 Kimbark St., “and other facilities.”
• Issuing up to $9.580 million in bonds to finance the renovation or replacements of Fire Station No. 2, 2300 Mountain View Ave., and Fire Station No. 6, 501 S. Pratt Parkway.
Tuesday night’s resolution urging voters’ support of the bond proposals states that “city facilities such as the library and recreation facilities provide vital lifelong learning, health and well-being services to the community,” while facilities such as the Safety and Justice Building and Longmont’s fire stations “are essential to providing public safety services for the community.”
Those facilities “are in need of upkeep, improvement and repair in order to maintain the community’s investment in those structures,” according to the resolution.
No organization has announced opposition to the three bond ballot issues thus far, and — after city staff first presented the proposal to the council in July — no one has spoken during public comment at any of the weekly council meetings since then to speak against the bonds or any of the projects they would fund.
Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/jfryartc