City Streets Levy on May 6 Election Ballot

In an effort to expand our resurfacing program and provide other necessary roadway improvements, residents are being asked to consider a two mill 5 year levy on the May ballot. This new levy will cost residents approximately $70 per $100,000 valuation of property.

The Street Levy will fund improvements to double our existing resurfacing program, preserve the integrity of additional streets by beginning a curb and gutter repair program and address drainage projects that impact our roadway. The levy will also be used to match State and Federal funds.

Over the past several years, the City has budgeted approximately $1 million annually on street resurfacing and repair work. While this funding level has remained fairly constant over this time period, the cost of paving work saw large increases between the years 2006 to 2009. Because of these price increases, the number of centerline miles that are paved annually has dropped from around 11 centerline miles in 2005 to 7.26 centerline miles in 2013 despite the fact that the City participates in a cooperative bid process with other communities to secure lover overall pricing. With the City currently maintaining 251 centerline miles of roadway, currently our streets are being paved on a 34 to 35 year cycle. Typically local streets are in need of resurfacing approximately every 20 years, with major routes typically needing repairs/resurfacing in the 10 to 15 year range.

How much will the Street levy cost property owners?
The levy will cost $70 per $100,000 of valuation of property.

What is the millage and how long will the Levy last?
This levy is asking for 2 mills to last for five (5) years. The Levy would become effective on January 1, 2015.

What will this levy be used for?Capital Improvement. Resurfacing and repair of roads is the primary concern. These funds will allow the City to double the resurfacing program currently in place. In addition these funds will allow City officials to stretch local funds by using these funds to match Federal and State grant programs.

Didn’t we just pass a Street Levy?
The Levy passed in 2013 was a renewal of the original Levy that was originally passed in 1984. The Levy was scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013. If that Levy was not renewed the Public Service Department would have lost 27% of the operating funds needed for the department. This levy is to address CAPITIAL IMPROVEMENTS to repair and resurface roads.

What are the consequences of not passing this levy?
The funding level for the November Levy will maintain our services and grant commitments for 2014, but without this Levy beginning in 2015 the City’s funding will require cuts in the resurfacing program, grant matching funds and/or possible cuts to services provided to the residents.