Lake Worth Mayor: Says bond would improve roads and infrastructure

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Many in Lake Worth agree roads and infrastructure need improvement. But whether to pay for it with a 63.5 million dollar bond is causing a divide.

Voters will decide on Tuesday.

"How do conditions like this exist in this century," Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo said.

Triolo is talking about pot holes and dirt roads around the city.

"I actually have to slow my car down because I drive a low car and can't drive in certain parts," Triolo said.

Triolo says the bond will help keep the city moving forward.

"The condition of some of our infrastructure brings tears to me eyes," Triolo said as she looked at the unpaved sections of roadway.

A parade of cars honking horns drove through downtown Monday night trying to drum up interest in people voting for the bond.

But Katy McGiveron with Citizens Against Unfair Taxation urged people not to buy into it.

"I love Lake Worth. I grew up here, and I don't want to see it become a ghost town," McGiveron said.

McGiveron worries higher taxes will scare away business.

"I'm very in tune with businesses that are already struggling downtown and we've got more and more shops empty," McGiveron said.

But Mayor Triolo says the bond is about brining business to Lake Worth.

"Nobody wants to pay more taxes. I don't even want to pay more taxes, but there is a certain responsibility we have," Triolo said.

Triolo says if the bond does not pass they will look to grants and government assistance to do some of the infrastructure projects.

She says even if it does pass, they will still request money from the state and Federal government in hopes of keeping taxes down.