Baltimore voters approve $43 million in bond issues for capital projects

November 04, 1992|By Michael A. Fletcher | Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer Staff writer William F. Zorzi Jr. contributed to this article.

Baltimore voters approved all seven bond questions yesterday, authorizing the city government to borrow $43 million for capital projects that ranged from school renovations to repairs at the National Aquarium.

But a bond issue for $3.5 million -- Baltimore's share of repair costs at the aquarium -- won by the narrowest margin of any of the city's ballot questions yesterday, as voters seemed to single out the aquarium issue, Question E.

Votes in favor of the aquarium loan numbered 84,519 -- 59 percent of the total vote on the question -- compared with other issues that won by capturing anywhere from 78 percent to 87 percent of the vote.

The money for the aquarium is to supplement state and private funding to complete $10.3 million in renovations, including the correction of

structural and mechanical problems in the ring tanks.

Voters also approved a charter change that would allow city employees to be fired only for "cause." The change, Question H, aligns the charter with current city practices.

The change also makes personnel decisions of the Civil Service Commission binding on city departments. They had been advisory.

City voters also confirmed three sitting circuit judges who ran unop

posed, Judge Andre M. Davis, Judge Joseph P. McCurdy Jr. and Judge Paul A. Smith.

Voters approved these bond measures:

* Question A: $12 million to fund development, conservation and neighborhood renewal efforts. The amount includes $4.7 million to supplement federal block grant money; $2 million for tree planting, landscaping, and street and sidewalk repairs; $600,000 to improve open

space in Waverly and Mid-Govans; and $1.5 million to stabilize vacant properties.

* Question B: $1.5 million to finance improvements to neighborhood facilities, including multipurpose and recreation centers.

* Question C: $12.5 million to continue economic development efforts; $2.1 million toward redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium/Eastern High School sites; and $2 million to improve Hopkins Plaza, Charles

Center and the Inner Harbor.

* Question D: $1 million loan to fund a program to remove or enclose asbestos in city-owned buildings.

* Question F: $500,000 to supplement state money for renovations at three city swimming pools.

* Question G: $12 million to supplement state money for a host of school projects.

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