Water Treatment Plant – Referendum Question A

Question and Answer Sheet

1. Is this to repair aging infrastructure?
Yes. The last major water treatment plant renovation was in the early 1980’s.

2. Is the city going to stop looking for grants & sponsors if the referendum passes?
No. The City always seeks grants for the improvements to the facility and infrastructure.

3. Will this money be used to expand the City limits and build more houses?
No. The renovations and plant enhancements will enable to produce more water to sell to customers outside of our City limits thereby increasing our productivity which will lower our overall production expenses.

4. Is this to supply water for a new hospital?
No. The City can currently meet the water needs for the proposed hospital without
Increasing water production.

The last major Water Treatment Plant renovation was is the early 1980’s. Recent investments made toward repair and maintenance of the facility have not kept up with the declining performance of the equipment and the facility at large.
Repairs and replacement of critical components are needed and will be made regardless of the passing of Question A. The term of the loan will be fifteen years at an interest rate not to exceed 3 percent.
An increase in water production and sales will more than offset the loan expenses necessary for the repairs and replacement of equipment as well as the upgrades for increase production capacity.

Q&A: Opera House – Referendum Question B

1. Will my taxes go up if Referendum B passes?
No. No tax increases are proposed at all and a loan costs less than the $250,000 per year lowering carrying costs to the City.

2. Is the city going into the theater business?
No. The City will request proposals from management companies to operate the Cultural Arts Center with proceeds from successful operations carrying salaries and operating expenses.

3. Will it just be opera? I don’t even like opera…
No. Theatre, dance recitals, lectures, roots music, movies – the world of the arts and humanities is open to performances in the Cultural Arts Center.

4. Will it be done by 2018 with the referendum passing?
Yes.

5. Will it be done by 2018 if the referendum doesn’t pass?
No. Operating on a lean fiscally conservative budget the City cannot cut programs deep enough to acquire the full amount needed to complete construction from existing funds.

6. Will community groups, dance classes and musicians uses the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House?
Yes.

7. Is the city going to stop looking for grants & sponsors if the referendum passes?
The City always seeks grants and sponsorships and works extensively with numerous community partners and collaborations to seek such opportunities.

8. Will the Opera House Foundation dissolve if the referendum passes?
The Opera House Foundation is the City’s greatest and strongest ally in ensuring a vibrant cultural arts center for the citizens of Havre de Grace through preservation and renovation of the historic Opera House is supported and completed. This in no way will change.

9. Will the City use new money raised and grants to pay down the loan?
Over the past two years $1.8 million has been raised through fundraisers and grant funds sought by the City of Havre de Grace. This is almost half of the cost of the project.
The City of Havre de Grace Mayor and City Council signed a Resolution to support cultural arts and an Arts and Entertainment District in the City in 2010 – this is the first major initiative in support of that resolution.
Restoration and renovation for accessibility to all is more fiscally and socially responsible than continued patch and repair to a non-compliant building that did not meet code and could not, therefore, generate revenue.