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The right move for Gilbert

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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2003 11:35 pm | Updated: 2:21 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

With early voting underway for Gilbert's proposed $80 million bond issue for road improvements, it's important for gridlock-weary residents to get the straight scoop on exactly what that money would buy. That is why it not only is permissible for town officials to publicize the facts about the bond issue, it is their duty.

If we're to believe the nonsense of the town's head-in-the-sand critics, municipal officials are breaking the law by merely talking about the issue. True, town resources should not be used to actively campaign for its passage, but there's nothing wrong with providing factual information.

A slightly more valid issue in this election is whether local tax dollars should be used to build roads adjacent to proposed commercial developments. But given the choice of putting their commercial development in Gilbert and footing the full cost of roads and other infrastructure improvements, or building in a neighboring city that's willing to help out with those things, guess where the developer will go?

Gilbert is in the classic fast-growth bind: It badly needs road improvements to handle skyrocketing traffic loads, but it also needs commercial development to help pay for them. Voting yes on the bond package is one way to break that bind.

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