Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
May 22, 2013
INDEPENDENCE -- Independence residents won't see any further cuts to services in the foreseeable future.
Voters in the city approved a $5.91 million bond measure, 27-107, to refinance and pay outstanding debt by a 54.71 percent to 45.29 percent margin.
If the measure failed, residents would have seen library hours cut in half and a reduction in police and public works staff. The Heritage Museum would have closed and the city pool would not have opened for the season, officials had said.
"By and large people said they'd like those services continued," Independence City Manager David Clyne said. "It's a promise we made and a promise we'll keep."
City officials expect to save up to $300,000 annually on interest payments, savings that will go toward maintaining current services.
The measure had vocal support from city councilors and the political action committee Citizens 4 Independence. While there was no organized opposition to the measure, some citizens had voiced their concerns to city officials on the need for a bond.
"It's sobering that 55 percent said yes and 45 percent opposed. Our goal is to serve everybody and make sure everybody is content," Clyne said. "That will always be the challenge for us."