The projects identified in the bond brochure represent the City’s current intention for use of the bond funds if the propositions are approved by voters. The 2012 Voter Information Brochure says “may include” because the City seeks to maintain flexibility during implementation of the 2012 Bond Program.
As bond programs are implemented, unforeseen challenges may arise that can delay or prohibit a project from moving forward. For example, the price of materials could increase, altering the total cost of the project; environmental studies may reveal subsurface issues; or negotiations over land or right-of-way acquisition may take longer than expected.
If a certain project faces insurmountable or unreasonable obstacles, the wording of the bond propositions would allow the City to reallocate funding to projects that meet the public purpose of the proposition. State law requires that voter-approved bond funds are spent on projects that meet the public purpose of the approved proposition. In other words, funds authorized for transportation must be spent on transportation and cannot be used for something like library improvements.