Bond Project Background
In September 2006, Decatur voters approved a bond referendum that provides the City of Decatur with $16.4 million for much-needed large capital improvement projects and provides the City Schools of Decatur with $16.5 million to support major capital needs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School. This is the first general obligation debt for the city since 1955 and for the school system since the late 1950s.
The city’s $16.4 million will be used in four activity areas:
Transportation Improvements $4,902,000
Parks & Recreation $5,803,000
Public Works Facilities $4,275,000
Public Safety Facilities $1,420,000
Bond Project Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
The City of Decatur is issuing RFPs for bond projects. Downloadable bid documents, deadlines and important dates for each project will be listed as they become available.
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Before decisions are made to fund specific projects in each of these activity areas, there will be opportunities for public input and discussion. Over the next few months, more information about each of the four areas will be provided in the Decatur Focus and on this website.
Detailed information on project designs will be included as specific projects are initiated. A majority of these projects should be substantially completed or under way within three years of bond issuance, which occurred in January 2007.
Potential projects and capital needs were identified through community recommendations contained in master plans and task force reports that had been completed during the last few years. Community involvement was a key component of all of these plans. Some of the resources used to define potential projects included the City’s Comprehensive Plan (updated 2005), Downtown Streetscapes Master Plan (1994), Strategic Plan (2000), Capital Needs Task Force Report (2002), Athletic Facilities Master Plan (2003), Preservation Corridor Master Plan (2005), Cemetery Master Plan (2006) and the Community Transportation Plan (to be completed in 2007).
Transportation Investment Act of 2010
The Transportation Investment Act was signed into law in June 2010. Elected officials in each of the state's 12 regions will develop a list of projects to be funded by a one percent sales tax. Georgians will vote on the tax in the 2012 primary elections.
Should the tax pass in a region, all revenue collected there would stay in that region. Local governments would share 15 percent of the revenues to be spent on any projects they choose. The other 85 percent will be used to fund the list of projects created by each region's transportation roundtable.
The City of Decatur has submitted its list of transportation projects to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Planning Director, Todd Long, for consideration to be placed on the unconstrained project list. The Metro Atlanta Roundtable will make the final decision on which transportation projects will be funded by the new sales tax. Decatur’s project list includes transportation projects from the Community Transportation Plan and 2010 Strategic Plan.
For more information, please visit www.atlantaregional.com.
Capital Improvements Program Update
(Jan. 29, 2007)
The City of Decatur is in compliance with Georgia Code (O.C.G.A. Section 13-10-91), which requires all public employers register and participate with E-verify. The City of Decatur has been participating in the E-Verify system since November 15, 2007. The City of Decatur ID number is 67951.