Marc on Better Roads
How will you provide better roads while still lowering taxes?
First, let’s look at the numbers:
- In 2017, the amount budgeted for road resurfacing dropped from $2.8 million to just $600,000 for the entire year.
- The 1% sales tax increase implemented in 2016 brought in $6.3 million.
- Roughly half the sales tax increase is going to discretionary spending, like $600,000 for buying up property south of the tracks, $750,000 for the underpass feasibility study, and $100,000 for an Uptown traffic study.
Roads should be a much higher priority than the discretionary spending items. By redirecting these funds, we could easily double our resurfacing efforts and still have room to lower the sales tax.
In addition, "Better Roads" encompasses more than just surface conditions. There are many improvements we could make in signal timing that would facilitate better traffic flow. Intersections around Towanda avenue near College or Vernon are good examples. Such adjustments can be made in-house for very little cost. It's a matter of making it a priority.