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City Bond Question
Philadelphia County Bond Question: Should the City of Philadelphia borrow ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY—ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($181,000,000.00) to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; andEconomic and Community Development?
Plain English Statement (required by law): This ballot question, if approved by the voters, would authorize the City to borrow $181,000,000 for capital purposes, thereby increasing the City’s indebtedness by $181,000,000. Capital purposes means, generally, to make expenditures that will result in something of value with a useful life to the City of more than five years, for example, acquisitions of real estate, or construction of or improvements to buildings, property or streets.
The money to be borrowed would be used by the City for five identiﬁed purposes, namely, Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development, all in speciﬁc amounts identiﬁed in Bill No. 180552 (approved September 14, 2018). City Council would have authority, by ordinance, to change the intended allocation of these proceeds.
Additional Background: Issuing bonds (i.e., taking out loans) to pay for "capital purposes" is a routine function of local government. Borrowing money for such long-term investments is similar, in a way, to what an individual consumer does when they take out a loan for a car or home. This type of financing should also be more fair to the public, as the taxpayers who enjoy the investments (e.g., buildings, streets, parks) are the generally the same ones who are paying back the loan over time. The alternative would be for taxpayers in the past to contribute to projects in the future from which they may not benefit. That said, local government must tax, borrow and spend responsibly, balancing the burden on taxpayers with the needs of the city. For more, see this article from The Philadelphia Tribune.
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