Bond Events 2013

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November 2013

  • November 2013: The City's Engineering and Planning departments begin working with third parties to prepare for moving utilities underground for optimal scheduling of each project. This pre-work is anticipated to take at least six months to one year.

October 2013

  • October 15, 2013: Sanford City Council passed a resolution that certified the results of the bond referendum and authorized the City to issue $4,000,000 in General Obligation Greenway Bonds; $6,500,000 in General Obligation Streetscape Bonds; $2,000,000 in General Obligation Sidewalk Bonds; and $2,000,000 in General Obligation Parks and Recreational Bonds.

September 2013

  • September 10, 2013: Voters in the City of Sanford passed four individual bond items by a majority vote.

July & August 2013

  • July and August, 2013: Bob Bridwell, director of Planning & Community Development, and Kelly Miller, public information officer, presented information about each of the bond projects to local civic and leadership groups, as well as at the Enrichment Center.
  • July 10, 2013: During a Law and Finance meeting, Council member Sam Gaskins proposed that moving the referendum to the primary ballot on September 10 would engage more citizens in voting and result in a larger turnout. Though no primary was scheduled, Council member Poly Cohen indicated that he would run for re-election, which would result in a primary.

June 2013

  • June 18, 2013: Council held a public hearing on the bond referendum. Council resolved to notify the Board of Elections about the potential for a bond referendum.
  • June 17, 2013: At a budget retreat, Council further discussed the bond referendum, including whether to hold it this year or wait.
  • June 12, 2013: Council approved a budget amendment to use money from the Skate Park Fund to create renderings for a potential urban park with splash pad elements. Council also authorized a statement of fact to be included in bond paperwork that states the potential tax impact on residents, which was 5.2 cents. Financial Services director Melissa Cardinali also advised Council on the next steps, which were to adopt the bond orders and notify the Lee County Board of Elections so that the proper wording would be added to the November 2013 ballot.
  • June 4, 2013: Council approved Bond Orders authorizing issuance of bonds for $4 million for Greenway Bonds, $2 million for Sidewalk Improvement Bonds, $2 million for Parks and Recreational Bonds, and $6.5 million for Streetscape Bonds. Council also scheduled a public hearing on the bond issues for June 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.

May 2013

  • May 29, 2013: At a Law & Finance Committee meeting, Council members were given information about what was needed to complete the process necessary to add the bond issues to the November 2013 ballot.
  • May 21, 2013: Council resolved to seek approval from the Local Government Commission for the four bond items.
  • May 15, 2013: At a board retreat, Council discussed how to group potential bond items. They decided not to include the Public Safety Facility and to allow the public to vote on each other item (streetscapes, greenway, sidewalks, recreation) individually.
  • May 7, 2013: City Council members were given an information packet at the City Council meeting to study and help them prepare to make bond decisions at the May 15, 2013 board retreat.
  • May 1, 2013: Financial advisors from First Southwest presented information at the Law & Finance Committee meeting about the process and factors involved in issuing General Obligation Bonds.

April 2013

  • April 17, 2013: City Council considered a General Obligation Bond referendum at their board retreat. The projects considered were: Streetscapes for Downtown Sanford and Jonesboro ($6.5 million), Sidewalks ($2 million), Recreation ($2 million), Greenway ($5 million), and a Public Safety Facility ($7 million).