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May 13, 2013 10:19 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Councilmen Propose New Street User Plan

CORPUS CHRISTI -- After months of back-and-forth over a street user fee plan, Councilmen Mark Scott and Kelley Allen on Monday unveiled a new plan to fund city street repairs while saving residents a little money.

The plan, which was released to the media via a memorandum, has two parts: 1.) reduce the street user fee for both commercial businesses and residents from $7 to $5, and 2.) have the city contribute $4 million from its general fund to help pay for the lower fee.

"This would be a solution that would show the public that we're committed to funding our highest priorities," said Scott. "The city needs to show its commitment to resolving this problem."

Under their proposed plan, the city would only have to raise $11 million from the public, not $15 million called for in the original proposal. The only part of their plan, Scott said, that does not differ from the original one is the ten-year period of the program.

Scott said either he or Allen will make a motion to amend the current plan when it is discussed at a city council meeting next month.

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