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Cape Girardeau City Sewage Plant Bond (April 2010)

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A Cape Girardeau City Sewage Plant Bond measure was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the city of Cape Girardeau which is in Cape Girardeau County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 6,080 (79.95%)Approveda
  • NO 1,525 (20.05%)[1]

This measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $72 million in order to build a new waste water treatment plant for the city. The current one did not meet the regulation standards and could not keep up with current demand. The city will have to build a new plant, the question was just how the new plant would be funded.[2] The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce had added its support for this measure though noted that some issues still needed to be addressed about the plant, notably the odor and giving local construction companies a shot at the contract to build it. The Chamber noted that they knew there had been fines issues to the city and knew the plant needs to be built but stated they wanted to ensure certain items are not forgotten.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, issue its sewerage system revenue bonds in the amount of $72,000,000 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, extending and improving the sewerage system of the City, including but not limited to constructing a new wastewater treatment plant and other improvements necessary for compliance with the requirements of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources? The authorization of the bonds will authorize the City Council to fix, establish, maintain and collect rates and charges for the services provided by said system as will produce income and revenues sufficient to provide funds to pay the costs of operation and maintenance of the system and the principal of and interest on the bonds as they become due and to provide for the establishment of reasonable reserves therefore, any provision of the City's charter to the contrary notwithstanding[4][5]

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