City hopes bonds will build roads

Posted: January 28, 2018 at 1:09 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK A view Tuesday looking south at the end of Gene George Boulevard near the intersection of Bleaux Avenue in Springdale. The extension of the Gene George Boulevard north will be one of the first projects Springdale will begin if a bond issue passes.

Suzanne Cartwright gets a lot of windshield time. She drives her four children to four schools and herself to a fifth, where she works as a counselor. She taxis the kids after school to dance lessons, theatrical rehearsals, softball games, cheer-leading practice and church groups.

Special election

Springdale residents will vote on a $200 million bond issue to pay for projects in five areas. The sixth question on the ballot asks voters to renew a 1 percent sales tax to pay the bonds. The renewal must pass for any of the projects to be funded. Estimated costs and projects are:

• $71.4 million for street improvement.

• $47.4 million to refinance debt.

• $40.8 million for a criminal justice center and renovate the city administration building.

• $19.4 million for parks and trails.

• $16.4 million for three fire stations.

• $5.2 million to replace the animal shelter.

Source: Staff report

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK A view Tuesday looking north at the end of Gene George Boulevard near the intersection of Bleaux Avenue in Sprin...

A map showing the proposed Springdale road extension

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