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Surprise Moves Ahead With 3 Bond Issues In November Election

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Surprise voters will see three new bonds on the ballot come November, which the City Council approved this week.

The decision comes after voters struck down a $63 million bond last November.

The combined sum of the three new bonds is less than the previous bond, adding up to about $60 million.

Assistant City Manager Mike Frazier says this time there is no funding for recreation projects and voters can decide which bond they prefer.

“Like last year’s process, they favored one or maybe not the other, but they had no choice, they had to vote for all or nothing, and this time they’ll actually have that ability to pick the ones they feel are most important," he said.

The highest dollar bond, at $34 million, would go to renovating and building public safety facilities.

The lowest, at $10 million, would help fund pavement preservation across the city.

If all bonds passed, homeowners with property valued at $200,000 would see almost a $100 jump in annual property taxes. 

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