Why doesn’t the city spend less on the golf course, NRH2O, parks and trails and more on fixing streets? 

NRH Property Tax AllocationProperty taxes are not used to fund the golf course or water park. Both the golf course and water park operate like businesses. Each pays for their operational expenses and debt service through the revenue they generate by admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. This year, for the first time in its 25 year history, NRH2O’s season was cut short due to the pandemic and the park received a loan from the city’s reserves to cover some expenses. The water park will repay the loan back to the reserve fund over the next few years. 

Since 1992, the development and maintenance of the city’s parks and trail system has been funded primarily through the voter approved ½-cent sales tax for park development and more than $14 million in grants. 

When it comes to the property taxes you pay, more than half of your overall tax bill is paid to the school district, 23% goes to county agencies and 22% goes to the city. This year, the average NRH homeowner will pay $1,189.66 in property taxes to the city. The graphic to the right shows how that payment is distributed to provide your city services.

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1. What is a general obligation bond?
2. Why is the bond election being held now?
3. Why not postpone the election to May 2021 or another future date? 
4. Why issue bonds, rather than paying for projects with cash?
5. How will the bond proposition impact the city’s property tax rate?
6. Why doesn’t the city spend less on the golf course, NRH2O, parks and trails and more on fixing streets? 
7. How much was the city’s last bond election?
8. When was the last bond election for street improvements?
9. How were proposed projects for the 2020 bond election selected?
10. Why didn’t the city maintain these streets better? 
11. If approved, who will perform the street improvement work?
12. Will the Mayor’s construction firm benefit from this bond election? 
13. If the bond proposition is approved, when will construction begin?
14. Which streets will be reconstructed first?
15. How objective was the ranking?
16. Some of the proposed projects include all of the street, while others don’t. How were project limits determined?
17. If the bond proposal passes, what type of pavement will be used?
18. Will sidewalks be added?
19. How long will each project take?
20. How will you make sure construction does not take months or years longer than expected?
21. How many miles of streets does NRH have? Does the proposed bond program impact their maintenance?
22. When will other streets be reconstructed?
23. Who served on the 2020 Capital Program Advisory Committee?