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Tempe considers nearly $30M bond election

TEMPE, Ariz. — Tempe officials are considering a nearly $30 million bond
election in November to fund public safety, fix old city buildings and possibly
replace the rubber dam at Tempe Town Lake.

The East Valley Tribune reported that the $29.8 million
bond proposal is a fraction of the previous three packages that voters approved
in the last decade.

That includes a $241.3 million program in 2008.

City officials said they’re considering a modest bond package because of the
slow economy and that the money won’t fund new projects.

If voters approve the bonds, city officials said that property taxes will remain
about the same.

The package includes $6.4 million for public safety, which would buy new radios
and laptops for firefighters and police. About $12.9 million would replace
roofs, air conditioning and other aging features of city buildings.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com