Nov 19, 2013 6:53 PM by Rick Spruill - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - The city council has prioritized the Corpus Christi streets that will be repaired with funds from the new street maintenance fee.
The streets that have the least damage will receive the earliest attention and the most funding. Most of those streets are in District 4 which covers the neighborhoods along Ocean Drive and Padre Island.
That leaves the worst streets in the city, some in the poorest neighborhoods, low in the pecking order for repairs or maintenance.
City councilman Mark Scott said the street priority list is not political, but driven by logic and economics. The worst roads will one day get bond money for major repairs. The street fee is more of a band-aid to make roads in relatively good shape last longer.
"Its all based on where its best to spend the money," says Scott.
He said the plan actually saves the city money by keeping up streets that can be saved and evenly distributes the funds around town.
Almost ninety percent of the roads in councilman Chad Magill's district don't qualify because they are too far gone to see maintenance crews. Instead they'll need the city to pass bonds in coming years to do major repairs.
Magill said the fee leans too heavily on areas that will not see the benefit and on small businesses that get taxed at a higher rate.
"100% of the people get the bill but at present, 88% of all the streets of district two need to be reconstructed," says Magill.
Jack and Betty Sanders street is a patchwork of new asphalt and potholes that floods when it rains because the drainage is so poor. Now in their 80's, the couple live on a fixed income in an older neighborhood and feel every penny.
Sanders served in the Navy for twenty six years and understands sacrifice but he said he's growing tired of fees for which he can see little use.
"I mean I don't mind paying fees of stuff I can utilize and you know and can benefits out of but not if its not gonna be used in our area," says Jack Sanders.
His wife, Betty, said it's just politics as usual. "There's always a fee it seems... to someone's liking... whoever's got the most clout," Betty told us.
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