As a two-term Town of Huntersville Planning Board Commissioner and a semi-retired corporate senior retail executive, I am a strong supporter of all three of the Huntersville bonds on the Nov. 6 ballot. More importantly as a citizen who believes in investing in our future quality of life, I encourage every registered voter in Huntersville to take a few moments to invest in your future, the future of your children and even the future of your grandchildren by visiting the website www.voteyesfor

During my second term on the planning board, I was a member of the team that helped to develop the Town of Huntersville 2030 Community Plan. That plan is now the road map to protecting and maintaining the quality of life we all enjoy in Huntersville. A plan alone can’t make it happen. All citizens of Huntersville now have the opportunity to vote to support our quality of life by voting yes to all three bond items on Nov. 6.

To understand the importance the bond items have on our quality of life, let’s look at where we have been and where we are going. In 1990, the population of Huntersville was 3,014; in 2000, it was 24,960; in 2010, it was 46,773; and the projection for 2030 is estimated to be 89,597. Just imagine in 20 years we will almost double our current population. To support that growth and maintain the quality of life we all enjoy, we need to vote yes for the transportation improvement bond, the parks and recreation bond and the public facilities bond. Voting yes will allow Huntersville to keep pace with growth and address needs that are not currently funded by the town’s budget.

The transportation bond has a goal of partnering with the N.C. Department of Transportation to make improvements at primary and thoroughfare intersections in Huntersville, including turn lanes, traffic signal devices and other traffic flow improvements to address high daily commuter traffic.

The goal for parks and recreation bond is to partner with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the state to develop existing land in Huntersville into parks and recreation facilities to serve residents.

The public facilities improvement bond goals are focused on a need for increased space for additional firefighters and equipment to provide fire service to residents of Huntersville.

The path to our continued quality of life in Huntersville leads to the polling booth on Nov. 6. Please become informed by visiting the website and vote yes to all three bond issues.

– Jeff Neely, Huntersville