This week, a city report indicated the city will need to pay
$2.5 million each year just to maintain the current condition of
its roads. Read more about it
The city hasn’t been coming close to that. Over the last four
years, the city has put just $1 million into its road maintenance
budget. This year’s $600,000 contribution was the highest in the
The city would have to more than quadruple what it pays now just
to break even on its roads, according to the report.
So, the big question is: where’s that money going to come
The City Council is moving toward a ballot measure in 2013 that
– if approved – would boost taxes for a big infusion of
road-repairing cash, possibly in the range of $8 million.
Others say the city should better manage the money it already
receives from taxpayers, spending less on overhead and more on
And of course there’s always the
$20 car tab fee that’s been debated on the island for years.
The $440,000 it would raise for roads each year isn’t nearly $2.5
million, but it could help.
Or maybe roads aren’t such a big deal. Some residents have urged
the city to leave the roads as they are and put more money into
arts and cultural programs boosters that they say drew people here
in the first place. A few islanders even prefer a few potholes here
and there to keep people from speeding.
What do you think? Cast your vote in the poll over to the