Lake Worth’s $40 million road repair bond goes to November ballot

LW potholes

Lake Worth voters will decide if the city will get $40 million to repair its numerous potholes.

LAKE WORTH — Now, it’s up to voters.

Lake Worth Commissioners tonight approved placing a $40 million bond referendum on the November ballot to help fix the city’s crumbling roads.

Unlike the $63 million bond that failed by 25 votes in 2014, this one has been stripped down, with the city saying the money will only be used to address road repairs.

The money for the previous bond would have also been applied to the Park of Commerce project and neighborhood enhancements, a fact that upset some residents. Some were also unhappy with the amount of money the city requested.

There wasn’t any discussion on the bond since the item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning no discussion was allowed.

That the issue wasn’t on the regular agenda concerned Commissioners Christopher McVoy and Ryan Maier.

“That blows circuits in my head,” McVoy said. “We’ve committed to tearing up the roads…(but) we don’t have to put them back the way they were. We might want to use some of that space for traffic calming…a very strong way to add value to properties. That discussion…strikes me as a really good idea.”

Resident Katie McGiveron, who yelled at commissioners at the July 7 potholes work session, said the city should have had an open and honest dialogue about the bond issue.

“”Where the Tropics Begin’ was the old Lake Worth motto,” she said. “‘Sit down, shut up and open your wallets is our new motto.”

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