Posted: Jan 14, 2013 6:28 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
Updated: Jan 14, 2013 7:07 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Tuesday members of the Corpus Christi City Council will continue looking at the option of an extra fee on your utility bill to help pay for street repairs. Lack of maintenance and worn out streets in Corpus Christi have led the city to propose "street maintenance fee". If approved, the long term benefits will be seen by every driver on our city's roads.
"It's an investment in our entire street system it doesn't matter if it's an arterial street, or collector street, or residential street there is going to be benefits throughout the city," says Assistant City Manager Oscar Martinez.
During a workshop at Tuesdays City Council meeting, city leaders will discuss key issues surrounding the proposal. The fee will be based on an equation which looks at the type of land, whether it's residential or not, the size of the property and then multiplying it by the amount of traffic the building creates. First United Methodist Church Business Administrator Mary Teeter, crunched the numbers and worries this fee could cause problems.
"People are having trouble, struggling with what they are having to give to the church any how because of all the extra bills and we are having to scrape for what we can get," says Teeter.
Here is how the church's monthly fee would break down. It's building is between 10,001 and 30,000 square feet so it's estimated rate is $69.50. Multiply that by what the city calls a 1.39 trip factor for churches, and that comes out to just over $96 a month it will have to pay. Down the road teeter says the church may have to look at cutting programs.
"You have to keep your lights on you got to keep the air conditioning going. they are the basic needs that you have to cover first and then the things that start suffering are the individual programs that help the people," says Teeter
The city already has a 3 year plan mapped out on where it will begin road work when funds are available. If all goes according to plan residents could start paying this fee this coming May.
Local homeowners, wouldn't pay as much as churches. If you would like to take a look at how much you could paying if the maintenance fee goes in to place click here.
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