Selma leaders and residents desperate to get more money

Selma's proposed bond issue is now in ballot form and ready for a vote.
Selma's proposed bond issue is now in ballot form and ready for a vote.

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Selma's future hangs in the balance.

"Everything we do is relying on this bond," says Selma Mayor, George Evans.

It hinges on a 'yes' or 'no' from residents for a $12 million dollar bond issue to pay for capital improvements--everything from new police cars to building renovations.

Mayor Evans suggested a bond issue back in July claiming it was the only way to modernize the city.

"If we don't do this our city will truly suffer," he said after a city council meeting back in July.

Now, two months later, every project in the bond issue is listed on a ballot and ready for a vote.

"I can't wait for it to go ahead and get over," says Evans.

And like many residents, local businessman Catesby Jones thinks it's time to act, even though he says he doesn't agree with all the projects.

"There's no question that we need new infrastructure, new drainage, new equipment for the town."

The bond issue could bring more than just much needed funds to Selma.

It could also help the city's bottom line.

"There are things in that budget that will be pending if the bond passes," says Evans.

The Mayor says the current budget cut most city employees pay by 12.5%.  The bond issue would free up funds in the budget to restore those pay cuts.

"We'll have more revenues to operate on in the general fund and be able to do capital projects as well," he adds.

Selma Recreation Director Elton Reece says getting a full paycheck would be nice.

"It's one of those things that gives you a positive attitude."

But he says there are more than just salaries at stake.

"If it doesn't pass, then the only thing I could see in order to maintain our budget is to cut services.   And that's not good.   You don't want to live in a city where you're hinging on cutting services."

Selma residents vote on the bond issue October 27th.

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