Mayor Bill Bunten Puts Brakes on Topeka Traffic Signal Projects

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Three traffic signal replacement projects fell victim to Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten's veto pen.

Bunten told 13 News Monday that he doesn't object to the projects for 29th and Oakley, Northeast Freeman and Seward and SW 25th and Fairlawn, he just disagrees with how the City Council wanted to pay for them.

Council members approved issuing bonds for the total $420,000 worth of work. The mayor says would add about a $250,000 in interest payments. He says he'd like to see the projects paid for with existing funds, and that the city finance office tells him revenues are running more than million dollars ahead of expectations.

The projects involved replacing signals lights and ramp and sidewalk improvements.

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