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Scottsdale Bond Task Force recommends $239.9 million bond program

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   Jan. 31, 2013

  Contacts:  Erin Walsh, Public Information Officer, 480-312-2355,
                Derek Earle, City Engineer, 480-312-2776,
  Bond Task Force recommends $239.9 million bond program  

The Scottsdale City Council and the 2013 Bond Task Force will meet Feb. 12 to discuss placing a $239.9 million bond proposal on the November ballot.

The Task Force will make its recommendation to the City Council at a joint study session at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.  The City Council will make a final decision this spring about placing bond questions on the November ballot.

Residents are encouraged to comment on the proposed bond program via the City’s online engagement tool at www.SpeakUpScottsdale.com
All of the 2013 Bond Task Force recommendations to the City Council can be viewed at  www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/BondTaskForce.

The proposed bond program includes 45 projects grouped into four election questions: Parks, Libraries and Community Services; Public Safety; Neighborhood Flood Control; and Transportation and Streets.

The Task Force concluded that bond money would be an appropriate way to support city infrastructure upgrades that have been on hold during the recent fiscal downturn.  

“Every resident will benefit from these projects through growing property values, enhanced community amenities, improved public safety and making our streets more efficient,” said Bill Heckman, chairman of the 2013 Bond Task Force. “The Bond Task Force has recommended only the most critical projects.  Simply stated, waiting another year will only make our needs list bigger, more critical and more expensive to fund.”

The Scottsdale City Council accepted final recommendations from the Scottsdale 2012 Bond Task Force last May and voted to postpone an election until fall 2013.  A new 2013 Bond Task Force was formed to examine the city's priorities and help determine the size and content of a potential 2013 bond package.  The 2013 Task Force used the proposed 2012 Bond Program as a starting point in its deliberations.

A summary of the proposed 2013 bond program is below:
Question1: Parks, Libraries and Community Facilities
$50.4 M/10 Projects
1. Integrated Financial, Human Resources and Purchasing System: $4.5M
2. Pinnacle Peak Park Improvements: $ 3.8M
3. Vista del Camino Park/Indian Bend Wash Renovation: $8.3M
4. Aquatics Chemical System Replacement: $3.1M
5. Expansion of Via Linda & Granite Reef Senior Centers: $7.1M
6. Ballfield Lighting System Replacement Phase I: $2.4M
7. Civic Center Library Improvements Phase II: $4.7M
8. Civic Center West Entry Improvements: $4.6M
9. Paiute Community Center Renovations: $7.6M
10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovations Phase III: $4.3M

Question 2: Public Safety
$52.7 M/12 Projects
1. Radio System Upgrade: $5.8M
2. Police Civic Center Jail Consolidation: $4.4M
3. Electronic Storage Replacement: $1.1M
4. Bring Existing Fire Stations to Compliance Standards: $3.5M
5. Police Civic Center Station Expansion: $3.9M
6. Court Remodel/Expansion: $4.5M
7. Desert Foothills Fire Station 613:$3.5M
8. Fire Training Facility Expansion: $3.4M
9. Public Safety Via Linda Facility Expansion: $12.5M
10. Desert Mountain Fire Station 616: $4.6M
11. Purchase Land for Fire Station 612: $1.0M
12. Purchase Land for North Police Facility: $4.5M

Question 3: Neighborhood Flood Control

$27.9M/7 Projects
1. Granite Reef Watershed: $3.5M
2. Neighborhood Stormwater: $1.5M
3. Loop 101 Detention Basin: $6.3M
4. Loop 101 Detention Basin Outfall: $5.0M
5. Indian Bend Road/Lincoln Drive Flood Hazard Mitigation: $2.7M
6. East Union Hills Interceptor Channel: $3.3M
7. Powerline Interceptor Channel: $5.6M

Question 4: Transportation and Streets

$108.9M/16 Projects
1. Traffic Signal Controller Cabinet Upgrade & Replacement: $9.8M
2. Bridge Safety Upgrades and Rehabilitation Project: $1.5M
3. Northeast Downtown Public Parking Structure: $8.0M
4. Accessible Curb Ramps – ADA compliance: $2.0M
5. Hayden Road Intersections at Chaparral and Camelback Roads: $5.5M
6. Pima Freeway (SR 101L) Signalized Intersection Upgrades: $2.5M
7. Downtown Pedestrian Improvements: $4.0M
8. Expired/Quiet Pavement Replacement: $15.4M
9. Advance Funding for Loop 101 Access Improvements: $11.0M
10. Airpark Roadway Circulation Phase II: $13.3M
11. Indian Bend / West World Trail and Path Connections: $6.9M
12. Scottsdale Road Utility Relocation and Streetscape: $14.0M
13. Street Operations Maintenance Building: $1.1M
14. Citywide Trails Implementation: $4.0M
15. Chaparral Road Streetscape Improvements: $4.9M
16. Thompson Peak Parkway Bridge: $5.0