This ordinance authorizes placing on the October 2, 2018 general election ballot the question of issuing $12 million in fifteen-year general obligation bonds for the purpose of funding a variety of capital projects. The identified projects include:
· Renovations to Centennial Hall, including upgrading the HVAC system and expanding the lobby area;
· Construction and equipping of a portion of a new arts and culture center; and
· Construction of an enclosed and heated corridor between Centennial Hall and the new arts and culture center.
The temporary 1% sales tax approved by voters during the October 2017 general election will pay for $4.5 million of the debt service. Beginning in FY20 to pay off the remaining $7.5 million of debt and interest would require .15 mills in property taxes for debt service payments for 15 years. This amount of debt service would require an annual property tax levy of approximately $15 (.15 mills) per $100,000 of assessed value or approximately $59 for an average single family home (estimated 2018 value $393,000 per CBJ Assessor). The annual payment funded by property taxes would be about $719,000.
The Assembly Finance Committee will discuss this ordinance at its July 25, 2018, meeting.