Volunteers form PAC to promote bond projects

March 16, 2022
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A group of Mansfield volunteer leaders, who led the committee that made recommendations for the City of Mansfield’s proposed 2022 bond election, have formed a political action committee to support the program, which goes before voters May 7.

Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans and all six City Council members voted in February to put the $155.5 million bond program before voters and have issued their support for all five propositions.

“All of us who served on the citizens committee worked hard to ensure the bond proposals, we recommended to the City Council represented the best use of our resources and will help make our great city even better,” said Michael Mainer, who chaired the city committee last fall that reviewed ideas for the bond program and is now chair of the new Support Mansfield 2022 political action committee. “We’re now working hard to ask voters to approve this program.”

Support Mansfield 2022 has created a website, www.supportmansfield2022.com, to raise money to generate support for the bond program. Early voting starts April 25 and runs through May 3. Citizens must be registered to vote by April 7 in the City of Mansfield to be eligible to vote.

“I’m excited about the opportunities presented to our citizens through this upcoming bond election,” Evans said. “We live in the best city, in the best state, in the best country and our citizens deserve the very best! Now they get to decide what’s next!”

The five propositions each stand alone on the ballot, not as a single proposition. Proposition A is $7 million to build a veterans memorial at Julian Feild Park, 1531 E. Broad St., that is expected to include a memorial plaza and pavilion for events, water feature, monument recognizing all military branches, looped trails and improvements to Feild’s Serenity Gardens.

Proposition B is $78 million to design and build a new recreation center and library, with fitness, indoor aquatics, and community spaces, near the StarCenter Mansfield along the Walnut Creek Linear Trail.

Proposition C is $55 million to design and build a new Southwest Community Park and soccer complex in Southwest Manseld and renovate the city’s Skinner Sports Complex into a community park and baseball complex.

Proposition D is $10.5 million to complete the Walnut Creek Linear Trail to Mansfield’s eastern and western city limits and extend the Pond Branch Linear Trail from Historic Downtown Mansfield to South Main Street.

Proposition E is $5 million to design and build a barrier-free Miracle League Field facility with synthetic surface that would give players of all abilities the opportunity to play baseball.

“I am honored to work with a council and staff that worked closely with citizen committees to place five items on the first bond election in 18 years in our great city,” Mansfield Mayor Pro Tem Todd Tonore said. “These items will continue to move Mansfield forward as a world class city bordering a major metropolitan area. The goal is simple. We need to keep our citizens in Mansfield and draw others to our great city to support our local businesses and improve the quality of life for all.”

City Council member Tamera Bounds said, “What a great opportunity our city has to bring world class facilities and amenities to our residents. We deserve to be the destination place where quality, culture and second-to-none experiences are available to all Mansfield citizens!”

City Council member Mike Leyman said, “Please help us bring world class facilities and amenities to Mansfield by voting for the items listed on the ballot in May. Our older citizens, our children and our veterans need your help, support and most of all your vote.”

“These five bond propositions look into the future of Mansfield and provide quality of life amenities that raise the bar for Mansfield residents,” City Council member Casey Lewis said. “This is our chance as a community to invest into ourselves, into our future, and to provide world-class experiences and opportunities for our children and grandchildren. I fully support these propositions.”

City Council member Julie Short said, “I am excited about the prospects of bringing world-class facilities and amenities to our city. We deserve to be the destination city for young and old alike.”

“I am pleased to endorse the wishes of our citizens requesting a futuristic facilities bond package be put on our local ballot in May,” City Council member Larry Broseh said. “Our wonderful city will become even more envied when we all unite with a voice to keep Mansfield No. 1!”

For more information on each proposition, visit the City of Mansfield’s Mansfield2022.com site. To contribute to the Support Mansfield 2022 political action committee, visit supportmansfield2022.com.

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