On Nov. 6, voters in the city of Powell will decide if a new 1.8-mill bond levy should fund capital improvements in the community.

To the Editor:

On Nov. 6, voters in the city of Powell will decide if a new 1.8-mill bond levy should fund capital improvements in the community.

In a recent Community Attitudes Survey, residents told us they wanted to see capital improvements that provided more local opportunities, increased property value and recruited businesses. Yet, in doing so, they told us they did not want to see an increase in taxes.

The existing 1.8-mill park levy will expire as scheduled in December 2013. After a two-year study, City Council's Finance Committee recommended a proposed 1.8-mill capital improvements bond levy that would take effect in January 2014. This would result in no increase in taxes.

Powell property owners pay $55 per $100,000 of assessed property value for the current park levy. The new levy would maintain this current rate and last for a period of 10 years. The result would be $7.1 million in needed community projects, including:

* Murphy Parkway extension to South Liberty Street;

* Bike paths;

* New park on Seldom Seen Road;

* Improved basketball court at Adventure Park;

* Village Club Drive/Sawmill Parkway traffic signal; and

* Storm sewer and roadway repair and maintenance.

Steve Lutz
Powell city manager