Jul 24, 2014 4:24 PM by Caroline Flores
CORPUS CHRISTI - It's been seven months since the Street Maintenance Fee was tacked onto folks utility bills. Now that the money has been put to use, we found one business owner who is pleased with the results.
Baldwin Boulevard is one of 58 streets that has benefited from the street maintenance fee.
Jerry Dalton owns the Hi-Ho Convenience Store and Drive Inn on Baldwin. He says before the street maintenance fee was created, Baldwin was dangerous and full of potholes.
"It was kind of rough. It needed repairs. It was sinking in some areas," said Dalton.
But now that it's been fixed with money collected from the street maintenance fee, Dalton says "it's really really nice. It feels like you're on the Southside now."
On top of the road looking nice, Dalton says he has also noticed some positive changes with his businesses.
"You know a lot of us are... Are starting to do more signs on our buildings to... And it... And I can see it's attracting more business. You know, hopefully it will bring... Keep on bringing the business," said Dalton.
Dalton also believes the changes will help keep him and his customers more safe.
"I think it cleans the area up. It kinda detracts, maybe, crime... Or you know... Cus people see it's a nicer street and they're less likely to think we're just poor businesses or poor people and they might, you know.... It's just good all the way around," said Dalton.
Dalton says he wasn't sure about the street fee at first. But after seeing the results, he says the extra money out of his pocket is worth it.
From January 1st to June 30th the city has collected $5,167,370.41 from the Street Maintenance Fee. If you would like to see the full list of streets that have been fixed and the ones that are next, we have a full list for you - here in PDF form.
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