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2019 Election Results : Parks Bond Passes

11/05/2019

The preliminary  votes are in!  By a resounding 74% of the votes, the $18 million Clayton Parks Bond has passed. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL RESULTS

Clayton Town Councilmen Jason Thompson and newcomer Avery Everett have won the two open Council seats in a close Town Council race. Incumbent Bob Satterfield fell short by 59 votes.  Running unopposed, Mayor Jody McLeod locked up a fifth term.

Mayor Jody McLeod received 961 votes. Challenger Avery Everett was the top vote-getter with 660 votes. Councilman Jason Thompson came in with 602. Councilman Bob Satterfield received 543 votes. Provisional ballots will still need to be counted. Look for official results from Johnston County Board of Elections later this week. There were 15 write-ins for Council and 36 write-ins for Mayor (the BOE can provide those later this week). 

According to the Johnston County Board of Elections, there are 14,632 registered voters in the Town of Clayton. According to the preliminary  election results, about 1,163 people took time to cast votes. That's less 8% of the eligible  voters. 

In the last municipal election in 2017, a total of 1,992 people cast votes. 

Town of Clayton residents approved $18 million in general obligation bonds that will go toward helping fund a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that calls for big improvements at our parks! The CIP calls for a splash pad, new mountain bike trails, new playgrounds, greenways, community center improvements, a second dog park, updated athletic fields, picnic shelters, expanded parking and much more. A general obligation bond is the least expensive financing option available to the Town for projects like this. These bonds do not call for a tax rate increase. Before Town Council decided on the bond amount, the Town contracted with Davenport & Company LLC to provide financial advising services. They specialize in financial forecasting and bond planning are a national firm with a great reputation. They looked at many borrowing scenarios and calculated that based on current projections, Council would not have to raise the tax rate to pay off these park bonds at $18 million. Bonds put less stress on the town’s budget and they make these capital projects more affordable. By using bonds to finance these projects, the Town can pay for them in installments over time rather than needing all the money at the outset. And that’s what the CIP calls for - staggering the projects to minimize impact on the budget and work to avoid a tax rate increase.

We're very excited for the passage of these bonds and will begin to add more specific details on the bond projects and progress at ClaytonParks.org/bond

What do the Mayor and Town Council do? 

After election day, the highest vote-getters for the Mayor and two Council seats will take their oaths at the first Town Council meeting in December. There are no run-offs. For their service, the Mayor earns $10,116 a year. Clayton Town Council members earn $7,488 a year. Town Council members serve four-year terms, with elections staggered and held in odd years. A candidate must be: a resident of the Town of Clayton; registered to vote; at least 21 years  old; and never convicted of a felony.. The Mayor and Council members serve four year terms. The council seats are staggered in two-year intervals so all five seats don’t expire at once.

Clayton's Council members have major responsibilities, including:

  • Setting the tax rate.
  • Crafting and adopting the Town's annual budget.
  • Passing ordinances and regulations.
  • Adopting policies for Town services.
  • Entering into contracts and agreements.
  • Making appointments to Town boards and committees.
  • Appointing a town manager, town clerk and town attorney

 

 

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