Shreveport mayor again hopes to get a bond proposal before voters
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A last minute news conference called by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins had the media rushing to hear what he had to say Tuesday, June 8. However, many left with questions unanswered.
After two failed attempts at passing a bond proposal to address a host of city needs, Perkins said he is making another push to get a proposal before voters.
The only details released Tuesday were that the proposal would address infrastructure and public safety.
“We do know our needs especially when it comes to infrastructure, public safety,” Perkins said. “We know those needs, but when we talk about details, substations, those details have to be worked out to they are palatable by the city council and by residents.”
Councilman Jerry Bowman says those are two main topics citizens he has spoken to want addressed as well.
“Citizens have been asking and requesting certain things, especially public safety and infrastructure,” Bowman said. “Those are the two main things right now, so I think we have a very good proposal.”
Perkins said he plans to use $50 million of federal money the city received from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan. He said he wants input from the City Council and the general public before anything is brought before voters.
One of the previous bond proposals included a $186 million dollar proposal in 2019. However, that proposal failed. The second was brought up this past January. Perkins asked for a $206 million proposal but eventually tabled the idea.
Perkins mentioned Tuesday the bond could be broken up into several measures on the ballot if that’s what voters want.
“What we are considering right now is if we want to take that approach again or if we want to spread it out and make it more cafeteria style,” Perkins said. “So you have five or six propositions and if someone wants to specifically vote on parks, they can vote on parks. If they want to specifically vote on public safety, they can vote on public safety. We are considering that as well.”
Councilwoman LaVette Fuller says many conversations will be had over the next few weeks to make sure the bond is thorough.
“You live, you learn, and you grow,” Fuller said. “Maybe we will be able to get it together this time so that we have something we can move with. I have already determined, regardless of what the package looks like, I will move it forward to the ballot to allow the citizens to decide.”
The new proposal will be brought before the council July 13 and then to voters Nov. 13.
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