Voters to Decide Infrastructure Bond

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Aug 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - St. Cloud voters will have a decision to make in November--are they willing to pay higher property taxes to pay for a backlog of street repair projects in the city?

On Monday night, the St. Cloud City Council voted unanimously to put a four year, 18-million dollar bond issue question on the general election ballot, a move Mayor Dave Kleis fully supports.

"This is an issue that the voters should make the decision on, so they will have the opportunity in November to vote on an 18 mill dollar bond to deal with aging infrastructure," Kleis said.

At the heart of the issue are roads and sewer systems that have been operating, and aging, since the end of World War Two.  

"We every year do road construction but based on an aging infrastructure and some tough economic times in the last few years we have a back-log," Kleis said.

Construction on that backlog would come at the price of those higher property taxes, but the mayor said the repercussions would not be felt immediately.

"The actual financial impact won't take effect until 2014 and then the full effect in 2015," Kleis said. "On an averaged priced home you are looking at 18-19 dollars."

Charts with specific tax rates corresponding to home value will be made available by the city Kleis added so residents can see exactly how the bond will affect their wallet

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