process of doing a capital assessment plan. Listed below are some
current infrastructure needs. To what extent should it be addressed through
revenue such as taxation, bonds, or ARPA dollars? In what ways do you
think the city should address these issues.
- Central Fire Station
- Fearless Fire Station
- Pools - such as Jordan, and potentially Fountain Park.
- Parks Maintenance Facility
- Police Academy
- Equipment/Vehicles for Fire, EMS, Police
- Maintenance of the city's water and sewer infrastructure - the system
needs investments beyond our current standing fiscal capacity that will
require taking on debt and higher water rates.
- City Hall updates.
Mr. Roger MacLean stated that on December 19, he stated that the most
important thing was the budget. The question that lies before them tonight
proves that the most important. The city can't operate without a sound
budget. He suggested to assess needs and priorities, cost assessments
on the needs, cost assessment, alternatives, and would not be looking for a
tax increase. He would look at the ARPA funds first, bonds and grants.
Mr. Santo Napoli thanked Council for having him. He stated that the city is
at a disadvantage. The infrastructure is aging. It is an important to come
up with a plan and what they can do in the next three to five years. He
mentioned the ARPA funds instead of using bonds. He mentioned bonds
being a useful tool. The Allentown Parking Authority using from time to
time. Taxation is an option and cash reserves. The most important are
grant opportunities. City Hall upgrades with security.
Mr. Patrick Palmer stated that he looked at a different way. He stated how
the last budget went and the ARPA dollars. That is not something that is
permanent. The ARPA dollars should be used for public education and
public safety. He went through the process of raising taxes. That is tough.
The city needs to take a step back to see what they will do with the taxation.
He talked about the city's credit rating a few years ago which was a blight
for the city. he talked about bonds and infrastructure.
Mr. Rodney Bushe II stated that it is a great opportunity to be amongst
Council. He stated that they all love the city of Allentown. The difference is
how they love. He talked about the growth, taxation, and a hub. He stated
to create inclusive space. Inequity in our city hurts our economy. He talked
about contracts, bonds, ARPA funds, broadband infrastructure, depression
and stress. He talked about figuring out a way to raise property values.
Ms. Cynthia Mota asked if there were any public comment.