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Shreveport City Council postpones vote on approving election for new bond proposals totaling $206M

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Shreveport City Council has postponed their vote on a special election for a new round of bond proposals totaling $206 million.

On Tuesday council members were considering putting a series of bond propositions before voters in April to pay for capital improvements to the city’s streets and drainage systems, police and fire, and recreational facilities, as well as money for economic development.

The deadline for Mayor Adrian Perkins to get the resolution signed is Jan. 19.

The council is expected to hold a special meeting before that day.

During Tuesday’s meeting, District C Council Member John Nickelson expressed concerns that there wasn’t enough time for the public to provide input.

Voters rejected a similar set of bond propositions pushed by Mayor Perkins totaling $186 million in Nov. 2019.

This time around, there are four propositions and they total just over $19 million more, separating out bond proposals for police and fire from recreational facilities, unlike the failed proposition that combined them in 2019. The new set of proposals also combines money for improvements to the city’s water and sewer systems with money for improvements to streets and drainage and adds a fourth bond proposal asking for $19.5 million to spend on economic development facilities, including buildings, land, infrastructure:

  • Proposition 1 would spend $88,480,000 on construction and improvements for streets, highways, bridges, and drainage systems, and water systems.
  • Proposition 2 would spend $76,705,000 for construction, improvements, and equipment for the city’s police and fire departments.
  • Proposition 3 would spend $22,000,000 on public facilities for parks and recreation and public transportation.
  • Proposition 4 would spend $19,500,000 on economic development for industrial park and workforce development facilities.

If approved by the council during Tuesday’s meeting, the election would be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

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