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Shreveport 2021 bond proposal spurs mixed opinions

Here are examples of what it would cost homeowners if approved by voters
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 4:56 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 10:24 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - In less than two weeks, Shreveport voters will make the ultimate decision on the 2021 bond proposal.

As the vote gets closer, there are mixed opinions on the propositions.

On Monday, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Committee of 100 announced their support for one of the five propositions: public safety. They do not support all the others.

“If we can maximize the number of state and federal dollars that we can bring into the community, invest those projects wisely in the things that really need to get done, then we can figure out what local dollars need to be put on top of that,” said Tim Magner, president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

He’s referring to the infrastructure bill that recently was passed, plus the COVID-19 relief money offered by the federal government.

“It’s not no, it’s just not right now,” Magner said.

Last week, however, Mayor Adrian Perkins told KSLA News 12 that he can’t bank on federal dollars. “All those federal dollars on top of this bond proposal is millions, and even hundreds of millions. But that’s still not enough to get us across the finish line.”

Keith Hanson, the city’s chief technology officer, believes Proposition 2, which deals with technology, is overlooked.

“When (EMS and police units) are zooming on the road, our intelligent traffic system will know about that and then it will hit green lights all the way,” he explained.

Valued at:Tax* per year
on a house
would be:
Tax* per year
on a business
would be:
$100,000$137.50$206.25
$150,000$206.25$309.38
$250,000$343.75$515.63
(* based on a projected tax rate of 13.75 mills)
(Sources: City of Shreveport and KSLA News 12)

Below is the City of Shreveport’s breakdown of the five bond propositions that it is asking the city’s voters to consider on Dec. 11, 2021:

Or cllick here to review the city’s breakdown of all five bond propositions.

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