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Clark County

February 24, 2013

Flood control bond issue still on hold

Anticipation note issued on $7.5M bond; Jeffersonville mayor wants more info before giving support

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

When asked if he has contacted the council to explain his previous vote, Moore responded that he had yet to get a phone call or a visit from any of the council members.

“They do not come to the meeting[s] where this issue is addressed and voted on,” he said.

Moore explained that he has reached out to the council and schedules a monthly meeting with the council members, but they have yet to show up to the meeting.

“We have sent correspondence after correspondence...there are countless invitations to talk with the council,” Moore said. “They don’t come, they don’t call, they don’t respond.”

Moore explained that his vote against seeking the bond was based on not knowing what it would cost local residents and how many people would be affected by a rate increase. The initial estimate of the cost to a homeowner, based on a $100,000 home, is about $20 per year.

The fourth time the bond resolution came before the council, Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe said that after an update was provided at the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District Jan. 25, Moore was more comfortable with the costs moving forward.

However, the mayor was not in attendance at the council meeting to answer their questions about the bond, so the resolution was tabled again.

Moore was asked by the News and Tribune, with the information that has been presented to the flood control district to date if he would support moving forward on the bond.

“No,” he said. “We do not have that watershed study done, we do not have the report from 39 Degrees North, no. There’s information we don’t have yet. I want to know how much it’s going to cost per household. I want to know what households are involved and we’ve got a watershed study that’s due to be turned in next week. To me those are all legitimate questions that need to be answered.”

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