Residents Meet to Discuss Failed Bond Issue

Two weeks ago, Lincoln residents soundly defeated the City's 75-million dollar bond measure for streets, roads, and trails. Monday night they got a chance to explain why. More than 100 people turned out to speak to the Mayor and several city officials. The purpose of the meeting was to hear public opinion on other options for funding new road construction, but much of the speakers focused on their problems with the bond issue. Reasons included: the proposed increase in property taxes, the focus on new construction rather than maintenance, and the city's decision to hold a special election. The bond issue was defeated by nearly a two to one margin. City officials say they will keep looking for other ways to fund street and road projects.