Mansfield council looks for ways to fund projects

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MANSFIELD -- With a May bond election scrapped, the Mansfield City Council on Monday began exploring ways to pay for about $12 million worth of projects considered to be among the city's most urgent.

The staff recommendation included $6.1 million for several road projects, as well as $2 million for a police tactical training center, including a firing range; $1.1 million to expand the police dispatch center; $1.1 million for a ladder-equipped firetruck; and $700,000 to double the size of the Mansfield Animal Care and Control Center.

The list also included $1.1 million for land purchases and possible development.

The proposal is a fraction of the $35 million bond package that the council decided to abandon in February, citing an uncertain economy and lukewarm public survey responses for many projects. The highest ratings were for the dispatch center expansion and $19 million worth of road projects, which received just 56 percent and 54 percent support, respectively. That package had been whittled down from a working list of $100 million of street, public safety and park and community services projects.

City Manager Clayton Chandler said in Monday's work session that city revenues and reserve funds are "much better than we anticipated."

Chandler and Finance Director Peter Phillis said $1 million to $1.4 million should be available in the general operating fund, thanks to continued increases in sales tax revenues, building permit fees and other sources.

"It's all contingent upon the performance of the economy," Phillis said.

Robert Cadwallader,


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