St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and March Madness office pools will generate more enthusiasm than Tuesday’s referendum on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposed $250 million bond issue to fund city infrastructure projects.

Low voter turnout is expected for Reed’s plan to raise nearly $188 million for transportation projects and around $64 million for municipal facilities, all without increasing taxes. The mayor says the plan will let the city get a jump on an infrastructure backlog of more than $900 million.

While few dispute the need to repave streets, replace aging bridges and improve recreation centers and fire stations, the program has drawn opposition. Common Cause of Georgia Executive Director William Perry in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-ed article Monday urged a no vote, citing a number of questionable city financial dealings in the past.

Perry pointed out that while the city has held public hearings and compiled a list of possible projects for the bond issue, the Atlanta City Council won’t make the final decision until April on what work will be included. 

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