Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Scottsdale Proposing Voters Approve $100 Million Bond That Would Raise Property Taxes

Scottsdale residents will have the chance to weigh in Tuesday on a nearly $100 million bond proposal the third such proposal in five years.
 
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said the bond is necessary to maintain the city's quality of life. (Photo: Michael Schennum / The Republic) Via AZ Central
The majority of City Council members have said they want to again ask voters to approve a bond package this November. If successful, it would raise city property taxes to pay for what Council members say are needed public projects, including fire stations, roads and parks renovations. Recommended projects:
-- Renovate Vista del Camino park and Indian Bend Wash area: $18.5 million.
 -- Upgrade chemical treatment systems at four aquatic facilities: $3.5 million.
 -- Install energy-efficient sports field lighting at four facilities: $4.6 million.
 -- Replace aging restrooms, maintenance and storage buildings at four parks: $3.4 million.
 -- Replace outdated irrigation systems: $1.9 million.
 -- Replace 140 miles of deteriorated pavement on streets: $12.5 million.
 -- Design and build Desert Foothills fire station: $5.1 million.
 -- Design and build Desert Mountain fire station: $3.7 million
-- Expand and renovate Civic Center Jail and police station: $10.1 million.
 -- Improve flood protection near Indian Bend Road and Lincoln Drive: $2.7 million.
 -- Improve intersection at Hayden and Chaparral roads: $2.5 million.
 -- Widen Happy Valley Road from Pima to Alma School roads: $4.8 million.
 -- Improve Highland Avenue intersections at Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard: $2.1 million.
 -- Improve and repair sidewalks downtown: $4 million.
 -- Replace energy-control systems at five buildings: $1.5 million.
-- Improve Wi-Fi in public buildings: $470,000.
 -- Purchase disaster-recovery technology infrastructure: $4.9 million.
 -- Add bike lanes on McDowell Road: $3.1 million.
 -- Rebuild the public-safety vehicle training track: $1.7 million.
 -- Relocate fire station 603: $6.75 million.
 -- Renovate fire station 605 (75th Street and Shea Boulevard): $800,000
Visual breakdown of the public projects below.

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