The Duncan Banner

May 12, 2013

‘Yes’ for streets is the better choice

The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — None of us want to see our taxes increase, but the deteriorating condition of our streets leaves little option.

Voting “Yes” Tuesday in a special municipal election addresses a serious issue and will enable the City of Duncan to incur indebtedness by issuing $9 million in bonds to construct, reconstruct and improve streets and roads, adjusting ad valorem (property) taxes for the next 10 years to retire the debt.

Good — and safe —  roads are a responsibility of government. Officials we elected have studied available options and have determined the increase in property taxes is the best financing method available. We should follow their lead.

Months ago, we encouraged you to drive around town, to get out of your neighborhood and away from your normal paths. We suggested you see — and feel — the problem for yourself.

If you did, you understand the issue.

If you didn’t, there is still time to make a personal assessment.

We encourage you to do that, just as we encourage you to vote. Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

We share, again, our belief the issue deserves a “Yes” vote and a favorable outcome suggests repairs can begin before year’s end. That’s a good thing.

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