Voters approve Garner bonds

March 13, 2013 2:01:41 PM PDT
Voters made history at the polls in Garner Tuesday.

They approved $35.7 million in bonds that are aimed at making the town more attractive.

Garner has grown a lot since the construction of the town's current municipal campus.

"It was built in 1973. At that time, Garner's population was about 5,000 people," said Garner Town Councilwoman Kathy Behringer.

Now, it's poised for major renovations, fueled by nearly the funds approved in the bonds.

"Capital improvement stuff we put on the back burner because we couldn't afford it," said Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams. "Now that we've got new money, we can do some things."

They will be noticeable things, like a planned town recreation.

"We'll pair some of our funds from the bond referendum with the gift that ConAgra gave us when they left town, and hopefully build that center on Main Street," said Behringer. "We own land there that we've accumulated over time."

The police station may also move, which would free up room on the municipal campus for an updated, expanded town hall with new exterior walls.

Town leaders hope the makeover attracts more businesses, and homeowners.

"Well, word travels fast and I think the word will be out that Garner's the place to go," said Williams.

Click here for full results on the referendum.

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