PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Voters will have eight local bond questions before them on November 6. These questions, if approved, will provide the necessary funding to invest in much needed repairs to Pawtucket’s schools, roads, public buildings, and recreational facilities over the next two years.
The largest of these bonds, Question 4, will provide the City with $220 million of funding for school rehabilitation projects, of which at least 75% of all costs are picked up by the state. This bond question would mean new or improved facilities, improved school security, and a more conductive environment for learning for Pawtucket students. The previous school rehabilitation projects at Potter Burns and Nathaniel Greene schools were completed for a total cost of $30 million, of which 83.6% was reimbursed by the State.
Questions 6, 8, 10, and 11, if passed by voters, will focus on repairs to bridges, roads, sidewalks, and traffic control devices. The largest, Question 6, will provide the City with $7 million in funding to repair and rehabilitate roads and sidewalks citywide.
Question 8 will continue the already extensive repaving project the City has been running for the last 8 years during the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years. Many road signs are also due for repair, something with Question 10 seeks to remedy with $1 million in funding to be put toward signs, traffic signals, and other traffic control devices. Finally, Question 11 provides $1 million for bridge repairs throughout the city.
Outside school and road repairs, other improvements to public utilities and properties are on the ballot this year. Questions 5, 7, and 9 provide much needed improvements as well. Question 5 provides a $4.5 million bond for repairs to City recreational facilities, such as parks and basketball courts, and Question 9 will provide $1.5 million in funding for repair and construction to the City’s sewer system. The largest of these three bonds, Question 7, will provide $5 million to be used to improve, repair, and furnish Public Buildings throughout the City.
“We are confident that the voters will see fit to approve these ballot measures on November 6,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “The local bond questions on this year’s ballot are going to bring huge improvements to our city’s infrastructure and our youth’s education.”
The local bond questions on the ballot begin with Question 4, and are unique to Pawtucket. The statewide questions on the ballot consist of Questions 1 through 3. There will be 11 total questions on this year’s ballot on top of the choices for city, state, and federal offices. If you wish to see a copy of November’s ballot before election day, you can do so at vote.sos.ri.gov
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien