Council members unanimously voted during a July 8 meeting to call off the 2020 special bond election, which was previously delayed to November in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
In light of the current and projected financial implications of COVID-19, officials agreed now is not the time to incur bond debt. Furthermore, Mayor Linda Anthony confirmed the city will not take on any new public works projects this year.
“I don’t think it’s a good time to be raising people’s taxes in the amount that we would be,” Anthony said. “I don’t think it’s a good time for the city to take on the additional debt we would be.”
The bond would have included a list of the city’s critical infrastructure needs, encompassing two propositions dedicated to the construction of a new combined City Hall and police building, and a list of roadway and drainage projects.
Anthony noted the city may revisit the list of projects sometime in the future.