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09/13/2019

Manila Citizens Vote for Improvement Projects

 

It was a clean sweep on all issues on the ballot at the special election held in Manila on Tuesday.

All 10 items on the ballot, starting with the refunding bonds, passed by a large margin.

There was a total of 236 votes and one absentee vote for a total of 237 votes cast.

On Friday, the Mississippi County Election Commission certified the numbers.

Refunding Bonds vote included: for 185; against 48; 4 under.

The refunding bonds will replace and extend the city's existing 1 percent sales and use tax levied in 2011 at the maximum principal amount of $1,650,000. If the refunding issue had failed, the other projects would not have been funded.

Street Improvement Bonds vote included: for 195; against 39; 3 under.

There was $410,000 approved for the cost of new or improvements to existing streets, including any curb gutter and drainage improvements and street lighting related thereto and equipment and signage for street purposes.

Park Improvement Bonds vote was: for 184; against 50; 3 under.

That allows $980,000 for the costs of park facilities and improvement and signage, furnishings, equipment and lighting improvements.

Fire Department Improvement Bonds vote was: for 188; against 44; 5 under.

That allows $510,000 for the purpose of financing the costs of facility improvements, signage and a fire truck for the fire department.

Police Department Improvement Bonds vote was: for 185; against 49; 6 under.

The $75,000 is for the purpose of financing the cost of equipment, vehicles and signage.

Water Improvement Bonds vote was: for 194; against 37; 6 under.

The amount of $840,000 is for the cost of betterment and improvements to, and equipment and signage for the city's water system.

Sewer Improvement Bonds vote was: for 193; against 40; 4 under.

That allows $455,000 for improvements to, equipment, vehicles and signage for the sewer system.

Community Center Improvement Bonds vote was: for 178; against 54; 5 under.

That gives $150,000 for the purpose of renovations and improvements to the Airport Community Center, signage, furnishings and equipment.

Drainage Improvement Bonds vote was: for 195; against 37; 5 under.

That allows $65,000 for the costs of drainage and flood control improvements.

City Administration Building Improvement Bonds was: for 179; against 53; 5 under.

$150,000 is for the purpose of renovations and improvements to the administration building located at 214 North Baltimore, which contains the police department and city hall.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner said he is super proud of what can be done for the young people over the next three years.

“I think the citizens will be very proud of the way they voted,” Mayor Wagner said.

At meetings leading up to the vote, council members stressed a yes vote would not increase taxes, but extend the existing tax. They also explained at the public meeting it is a way to improve the infrastructure without having to increase the water/sewer rates.

"By funding the projects this way, some of the improvement projects can start immediately," Mayor Wagner said. "We can start before winter and finish some of the projects in the spring."

All of the projects voted on will have to be completed in three years.

Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation to everyone who voted in the election.