Four Out Of Five Bond Proposals Fail For City Of Shreveport
ONE BOND PROPOSAL APPROVED - Four out of the five bond proposals on the ballot for the city of Shreveport failed to pass on election day. According to The Shreveport Times, it looks as if the city’s infrastructure needs will have to wait as the only bond proposal passed in Saturday's election was the police and fire department funding initiative. Proposition 1 was the sole passing proposal, being supported by 59 percent of the 15,581 voters who did vote, which was a low turnout overall. After the polls closed, Mayor Adrian Perkins spoke with reporters explaining that passage of Proposition One will mean a lot to Shreveport’s First Responders.
"It's going to go very, very far with them, knowing the citizens of Shreveport is behind them 100%," Perkins said. "Knowing that they have the will to give them the appropriate facilities, appropriate equipment is going to go a long way for not just them getting those things, but for the morale as well.'
The proposition’s most costly projects are a $27.5 million renovation of the police department's central headquarters, $13.5 million for new fire department trucks and vehicles, and more than $15 million for fire station renovations and relocations. Proposition 1 will cost the city $70 million which won’t be spent until 2023 as plans are being developed for construction and land acquisition in 2022.