They’re asking for a whole lot of money, as usual:
- Ordinance No. 25,750: A new quarter-cent sales tax, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
- Ordinance No. 25,751: A temporary, 1-cent sales tax to begin Jan. 1, 2018, and expiring April 1, 2020, to fund capital improvement projects.
- Proposition 1: A $490.56 million bond issue for street construction and repair projects.
- Proposition 2: A $26.795 million bond issue for bridge construction, repair and rehabilitation projects.
- Proposition 3: A $27.585 million bond issue for the construction, repair and maintenance of traffic control equipment.
- Proposition 4: A $60 million bond issue for economic and community development, including job creation programs.
- Proposition 5: A $137.72 million bond issue for construction, expansion and improvement of city parks.
- Proposition 6: A $23.91 million bond issue for the construction of a new library and remodeling, equipping and improvements at existing libraries.
- Proposition 7: A $20.185 million bond issue for renovations, furnishings and improvements at buildings in the Civic Center Complex.
- Proposition 8: A $20.395 million bond issue for upgrades to the city’s transit system, including the purchase of buses and improvements to bus stops.
- Proposition 9: A $13.085 million bond issue for expanding, renovating and improving the city’s Central Maintenance Facilities Complex at SW 15 and S Portland Avenue.
- Proposition 10: A $62.17 million bond issue for improving and equipping the city’s drainage control system.
- Proposition 11: An $8.865 million bond issue for repairs, renovations and improvements at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
- Proposition 12: A $30.84 million bond issue for the construction of a new Police Training Center, to be a part of a new combined Police-Fire Training Center.
- Proposition 13: A $45.35 million bond issue for the construction of a new Fire Training Center, to be a part of a new combined Police-Fire Training Center.
I expect all the bond issues to pass, since nobody will notice how they’re paid: through a small levy as part of the property tax. Over the years, the city has made an effort to keep that levy at or below 16 mills; it is currently 14.81 mills.
The MAPS 3 sales tax ends 31 December 2017; this new penny would kick in the next day. So the only “new” tax is that quarter-cent, which is intended to pay for more firefighters and police officers. This is over and above the 0.75 cent currently levied for public safety. Should both sales-tax measures pass, the combined state and city sales tax will rise to 8.625 percent.