Surprise leaders seek new approach after bond’s failure

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-9-44-50-amBy Richard Smith | Independent Newsmedia

Surprise staff and city council members know they will have to pivot after voters defeated the city’s $63 million bond proposal with 52 percent of the total Nov. 8.

Council meetings this year, and possibly some in early 2017, figure to focus on potential changes to the number of bond questions and bond projects, as well as the quickest timeline to get a tweaked proposal before voters again.

No direct discussions of the bond are planned on the agenda for Tuesday night’s council meeting.

One simple change may be all that is necessary, and city officials discussed it openly Nov. 9. Surprise may decide to bring back the same nine bond projects but split the proposal into three questions — one each for public safety, recreation and transportation.

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