But questions surfaced during a Tuesday work session about whether the bond, which could include a property tax increase, would be supported by
"I don't think it's going to pass," Councilwoman
"It was only a quarter cent and it failed," said
The council's interest in a bond referendum started last year at the request of Councilman
"I don't see a problem with a
"Anything that has a 60 or less, it has a remaining life of zero or less," Bunn said.
The survey also provided six different pavement treatments with two including traditional repaving and four including ways to preserve the roads. Repaving options include structural overlay and mill and overlay and preservation treatments include chip seal, cape seal, slurry seal and crack seal. Repaving can cost between
Also included in the cost are 19 miles of new sidewalks, mostly near schools or to fill in gaps, at
The need to improve city streets surfaced in October when the council was told that the city's street maintenance program was backlogged and unable to keep up with demand. The upkeep is supposed to be on a 30-year cycle but is closer to a 70 or 80 year cycle,
"I do want you to consider if you do put it up for a vote and it doesn't pass," Goings said.
Goings also said that property taxes could be affected depending on the result of property revaluations that will change in 2016. In past years, revaluations have led to increased property taxes and increased revenue for the city. Upcoming revaluations are more uncertain.
"Historically, traditionally, the only time you've had substantial revenue growth is once every eight years so you get a boost once every eight years and you milk it all the way out," Goings said. "That has been Wilson's history that we try to keep the rate as low as we can, relatively flat.
"We don't know what's going to happen with revaluation. If valuations come down, then that would be a conditional thing you need to consider."
Rose said he'd rather wait until revaluation figures are known before a decision is made about a bond referendum.
"What I'd like to see us do is take this information and come back later and talk about it," Rose said. "I think it needs to wait for revaluation."
Goings said the council could consider setting aside money in the budget each year toward a street maintenance program or seek a sales tax increase to pay for the work. Councilman
"We couldn't get out-of-town money approved for our occupancy tax rate," Johnson said. "Do you think the legislature is going to give us the ability to do a sales tax?"
A House bill proposing an occupancy tax increase from 3 to 6 percent did not pass in the legislature this year after opposition was raised by a majority of
Fyle asked if the referendum could include a sunset date when the bond is paid off. Goings said such wording could be included on the ballot.
"The way I think it should work is that it's there until the debt is paid," Goings said.
Johnson recommended that the council vote on the bond referendum during its Thursday meeting, at
The city's property tax rate of
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