Columbus sets priorities for $842 million bond package

Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council members and City Auditor Hugh J. Dorrian today proposed an $842 million voted bond package to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

City officials said with voter approval, the four bond package issues will drive new investment into neighborhoods and strengthen the local economy without raising taxes.

The four issues that will appear on the ballot are:

Safety and Health ($53 million) for police and fire facilities, vehicles and equipment.

Recreation and Parks ($124 million) for rec centers, bike paths, pools, parks, playgrounds and equipment.

Public Service ($220 million) for resurfacing, sidewalks, roadways, bikeways, refuse vehicles and containers, street equipment and other neighborhood improvements.

Public Utilities ($445 million) for water system improvements, storm water improvements and street lighting.

For more on this story, see the June 27 edition of ThisWeek Community Newspapers.