The Fayetteville Street Committee voted to reduce the scope of the proposed transportation improvement project from $162 million to between $36 million and $71 million at its meeting Monday.
The reason given was concern that Fayetteville's voters would not approve such a large bond. Fayetteville voters just defeated a proposed taxes for the library and school teacher's salary increase. Complicating the issue is the increased cost of the sewer system which is 3 years behind schedule. The thought is to extend the current tax for sewer or if that fails then possibly raise sewer rates.
I don't think they need to cut the improvement project so much. The voters defeated the other proposed taxes because they are viewed as not being vital to people. It's something they've never complained about. Streets and roads are the number one concern for people. They are always complaining about traffic. I believe that people will vote for a large bond for street improvement.
As for the sewer, why not cut back the tax to 1/4 or 1/2 cent and raises sewer rates about 30% to 40%. The left over 1/2 or 1/4 cent could be used on the transportation bond. It's just a thought. I really don't know how practical it is, but it might help in getting a larger bond.