WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — City council agreed Monday night to add more money for street and sidewalk improvements in a $139.2 million bond package expected to go before voters in November.
The council voted to added $2 million more for a total of $42.3 million set aside from the total bonds just for streets and sidewalks.
“One of the reasons we asked for the two million dollars more in streets and sidewalks is we got lots and lots of comments about doing that,” said City Councilman Jeff MacIntosh.
MacIntosh says many of the projects have been needed for years but put on hold due to the down economy of recent years.
“We are at the stage if we don’t spend some money now we are going to spend a lot more money on the road,” he said.
The city council is expected to approve putting it on the November ballot at its next meeting Aug. 4. City officials and staff have spent recent months asking residents at several community meetings what they feel needs the most attention. Streets and sidewalks came at the top.
Paying for the bonds will come with a 2.5 cent tax increase which equals about $25 more for the owner of a $100,000 home. City officials says they’ve put off asking residents to pay higher taxes for the bonds due to the down economy in recent years.
A public hearing on the bonds is scheduled for Aug. 4.