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.
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 is a former member of the Conyers City Council.