10 Year Capital Plan
An Infrastructure Plan for a Sustainable City
One of the major reasons that Burlington is an outstanding place to live, work and visit is that prior generations have made major investments in our streets, sidewalks, bike path, breakwater, parks, water system and more. That infrastructure is now failing in a number of areas and it is our turn to take the actions necessary to keep this foundation to our quality of life and economy strong.
On September 19, City Council unanimously approved a comprehensive, $50 million, 10-year capital plan and placed the associated bonds on the ballot as Questions #1 and #2. A “Yes” vote on #1 and #2 will address important basic City infrastructure. These water pipes, streets, sidewalks, and firetrucks are the foundation that underpins our commerce and makes our community accessible.
After two years of municipal property tax rate cuts, and with the City’s finances restored to a strong position and interest rates at historic lows, now is the most cost-effective time to address this growing challenge.
Non-property tax revenues will pay for over 40 percent of the plan in order to keep the impact on property taxes as low as possible. The plan would add a couple of dollars a month to the median property tax bill in 2018, and it would go up a little bit more each of the four years after that as the $27.5 million general obligation bond you will vote on is drawn down incrementally between now and Fiscal Year 2021.
In return, residents will see vastly improved streets and sidewalks, the replacement of 2/3rds of our fleet of aging fire trucks, a completed Bike Path renovation and enhancement, updated water mains, and much more. Find more information below:
What are "capital improvements"? What exactly will you be voting on in November? What will the plan mean for your neighborhood? Click the link above for these and other FAQs.
Capital Plan White Paper and Supporting Documents
Public Meeting Documents