Public Invited to July 28 Forum on Proposed Roads Referendum
The Ocean City Community Association will sponsor a discussion of a nonbinding referendum suggested by Councilman Keith Hartzell.
The Ocean City Community Association will host a forum 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Ocean City Free Public Library to seek feedback on if and how Ocean City could accelerate the capital projects schedule for drainage and road improvements.
The group is hosting the event in an effort to facilitate a timely public discussion on a "concept" raised by Councilman Keith Hartzell at the July 12 City Council meeting. Hartzell suggested the city should consider a nonbinding referendum asking voters if they'd be willing to pay a special assessment to fund road improvements.
The additional income could help double what the city could spend on its infrastructure and cut in half the time it would take in completing work (now estimated at longer than seven years), to improve drainage, reduce flooding, and to reconstruct and repave Ocean City's streets.
The City would have to decide by early August to ask the county election officials to place such referendum on this November's ballot.
Association members and potential members are invited. Membership to the group is $10 for any property owner in Ocean City.