June 9, 2014 4:24:31 PM
The Columbus City Council will hold a special call meeting Tuesday to discuss its capital improvements program.
Councilmen approved issuing $5 million in bonds June 3 that will be used to address deficiencies in city infrastructure. The issue means a 1.1 mill increase in property taxes for city residents to finance the project. The city will pay off the loan from Mississippi Development Bank over 15 years.
Between initial discussions in late March of issuing bonds and last Tuesday's meeting, city engineering and project managing consultants have organized a list of road and drainage issues in each of the city's six wards in most need of rehabilitation. After Tuesday's 5-1 vote, councilman Kabir Karriem called for the council to schedule a meeting where councilmen would draw from the list to determine which projects should be funded and prioritize them.
The meeting will be begin at 1:30 p.m. at the City Hall courtroom.
Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.