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Shreveport City Council agrees to put mayor’s 3rd bond proposal before voters Nov. 13

Council members postpone final vote on whether to exempt casinos from the city’s smoking ban
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 1:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Shreveport voters will be asked to consider a bond proposal Nov. 13.

For the third time, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins brought a bond proposal to the City Council to address public safety and infrastructure in the city.

And the third time was the charm. Council members unanimously agreed Tuesday, July 13 to put this bond proposal on the ballot.

It’s one of multiple topics on which the City Council was expected to make a final decision Tuesday.

Also on the agenda was whether casinos will be exempt from a smoking ban that is scheduled to begin Aug. 1.

The exemption is a move health experts and Smoke Free Louisiana oppose. A petition urging council members to vote “no” is on the American Heart Association’s website.

Council members decided Tuesday to postpone their decision on the exemption. The vote to table the matter was 5-1 with one member outside the council chambers at the time.

That vote came after much discussion back and forth among council members, particularly in terms of where Bossier City leaders stand on the issue.

The delayed decision on the exemption means Shreveport’s casinos will be in breach of the city’s smoke-free ordinance come Aug. 1 if they continue to operate as they are now.

The new bond proposal that council members considered Tuesday comes to a total of $242.6 million:

  • $70.65 million for the police and fire departments, including new fire vehicles, street lighting and a new central police headquarters
  • $22.74 million for technology, including fiber optic broadband and traffic signals
  • $64.7 million for water and sewer and drainage, including sanitary sewer improvements and citywide drainage improvements
  • $63.375 million for streets, highways, bridges, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements
  • $21.135 million for parks and recreations, including parking upgrades

In 2019, voters rejected a $186 million bond proposal. The following year, the city council rejected a $35 million line of credit.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA

Still without a recycling contract, the city was expected to decide Tuesday whether to bring a new recycling vendor to the city. It has brought a lot of controversy, as the proposed company, C. Edwards Concepts, has no experience.

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