In response to requests from citizens from across the community, the Midlothian City Council has approved a bond referendum election to be held on May 1, 2021. Voters will have their say on four capital improvement projects recommended by a 17-member citizen planning committee to meet the requirements of our growing city.
The citizens committee met for the past year reviewing long-term population growth projections and assessing all parts of Midlothian for a variety of needs including public safety, traffic reduction, parks and recreation needs, new library space and efficiency improvements at City Hall. Residents from a broad cross-section of Midlothian had the opportunity to provide their input on capital needs.
“This comprehensive bond package is the result of the input of citizens from across our growing city who offered their time and research to determine needs for capital projects," said Mayor Richard Reno. “Our goal over the coming weeks is to make sure voters have the factual information they need to make an educated choice on May 1.”
At a total cost of $125,575,000, the capital improvement projects would be funded by the issuance of municipal bonds. The city will issue bonds to cover costs of projects only at the time they are needed. Each must be approved by the Mayor and City Council.
If the four capital improvement propositions are approved by voters, homeowners will see no increase in their property tax rate. The Mayor and City Council have reduced the property tax rate the past two years.
The four propositions are:
PROPOSITION A: Public Safety and Police Headquarters (Cost: $46,000,000)
PROPOSITION B: City Hall and Library Complex (Cost: $25,000,000)
PROPOSITION C: Recreation Center (Cost: $19,000,000)
PROPOSITION D: Road Construction and Improvements (Cost: $35,575,000)
Visit the 2021 Bond Referendum website for detailed information about the four propositions, the planning process and the property tax impact.