Garner voters go to the polls Tuesday

kjahner@newsobserver.comMarch 12, 2013 

  • Where to vote

    There are 13 polling places for Tuesday’s referendums in Garner, each open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters can find their registered polling place on the N.C. Board of Elections website,

— Voters will decide Tuesday whether to allow the town to borrow $35.7 million to give Garner a facelift in the coming years.

The four bond issues on Tuesday’s ballot would build new police and town hall facilities, reshape downtown around a new three-gym recreation center and make upgrades to streets and parks around Garner.

Residents should vote between 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the same location they use during state and federal elections.

The ballot will present “yes” or “no” options on the four following: a $12 million bond for new town hall and police facilities; $14.566 million for streets and sidewalks; $7.15 million for parks and recreation; and $2 million for redevelopment. Voters can support none, all or any combination of the bonds.

Based on 2.5 percent annual growth in the town’s tax base, Garner leaders say a property-tax increase of 2.75 cents per $100 valuation would be needed to repay the debt, starting no earlier than 2015. The increase would add $45 annually to the tax bill of the average home in Garner, where the median value of a house is $163,400.

“Based on what I’ve heard from people that attended both (public information) gatherings, I think there’s pretty widespread support for all the bond issues,” Mayor Ronnie Williams said recently.

Half of the $7.8 million recreation center’s cost would come from the bond issue, the rest from other sources, including a parting gift from ConAgra.

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