The purpose of this correspondence is to offer my support for the city of Conyers bond referendum. While there has been a wave of discord surrounding the bond for the county, I am afraid that the due diligence that the city has illustrated before asking the citizens for support has been lost.

To offer some context, my wife and I have lived in the city of Conyers for 53 years. Our family has loved living in Conyers so much, that when we realized we needed a bigger house, we bought the lot beside us and literally moved next door. Also, our children were educated in the public school system here, and each has gone on to live successful and productive lives. Maybe more importantly, my grandchildren are being raised around the corner from us still within the city limits. Lastly, I had the pleasure of building a successful insurance business on Center Street in the heart of Olde Town. These are just some of the reasons for my interest in supporting the bond.

While there are many reasons to support a new City Hall, such as the positive economic impact it will have on Olde Town, the main reason I support the referendum is because I trust the leadership requesting the bond. They have worked to illustrate that they know exactly what they need and how much money it will take to renovate and construct the facilities.

 The leadership has done its homework and is able to answer every question I have asked. This effort is not a “willy-nilly” request for us to approve funds before they hire an architect. This is a process that started three years ago when they conducted a Needs Assessment Report. Two years ago, they hired an architect to design facilities based on the Needs Assessment Report. Armed with this knowledge, the leadership was able to search for a piece of property to accommodate the building while still creating a positive impact on Olde Town.

This is why the city of Conyers is asking for only $13 million, because they know exactly where every dime will be spent. It should also be noted that the city has an AAA bond rating. This means that they know they will get an interest rate of 3.2 to 3.5 percent based on current rates available to the city due to their excellent credit rating. This alone will save millions.

Simply put, we need it, and the city’s leaders have done their homework. Their efforts have created a level of transparency that allows for citizens to have an informed vote. Vote YES for the city of Conyers bond!

Bill Rogers

Conyers

Bill Rogers is a former member of the Conyers City Council.

[Letter appeared originally in the Rockdale Citizen)