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How were these projects selected and who selected them?
A citizens bond issue study committee was created in early 2010. This group of 16 citizens (two appointed by each council member, with two more by the mayor) worked diligently, pouring over financial records, asking city department heads hard questions, touring facilities, holding public meetings for other citizen input, and after almost six months selected these projects as the most critical for the city to address at this time. They then submitted their final list to the City Council.

2011 Bond

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1. What is a bond election and what is the April 2 vote about?
2. What are the three propositions I can vote on and do I vote separate for each one?
3. How were these projects selected and who selected them?
4. Will this bond issue raise taxes?
5. Doesn’t the city already have too much debt?
6. Does the city have enough money to pay for this debt?
7. If the city has money to pay for this debt, why can’t that money be spent on some of these projects?
8. Why can’t the city just use the general fund to pay for these projects?
9. Will this bond issue help the general fund?
10. Has the city ever issued general obligation bonds for sanitary sewer projects?
11. How much sewer work is estimated in order to resolve current sanitary sewer overflow issues?
12. If proposition 1 fails, what percentage increase in water / sewer rates would likely be required to resolve the current SSO issues?
13. Will this work benefit the local economy?
14. How long will it take for these projects to be completed?
15. Why are some projects listed as "citywide’" or "neighborhood," but without a specific area designation?
16. Why do we have to pay $8 million to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) projects?
17. When is the vote?
18. Where do I vote?

City of Shreveport, Louisiana