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Mar 19, 2014 11:03 PM

Street Reconstruction Will Affect Taxpayer Wallets

CORPUS CHRISTI - The most recent City Performance Report of the Street Department found that the average street condition is rated at a 54 out of 100.

"It means that on... You know... More than half of the area streets of the city are in a poor condition that they need to be reconstructed," said Public Works Director Dan Biles.

55 is the magic number when it comes to streets. If a street is below that, the new street maintenance fee can't cover the cost because it's no longer a maintenance issue.

As of now only a small percentage of streets can use the new street user fee for minor maintenance. This chart shows how many streets that can use the street user fee in each district. As you can see the that's a very small percentage.

"We have the bulk of streets in this city that need to be replaced. It's costly, it's difficult," City Council Member Chad Magill.

So the question for taxpayers may be, why are we paying the street fee if it's not going help with street reconstruction? The city says that's because the was only meant for routine maintenance.

"In reality when you maintain your streets well, the life should last longer than the design life. And so that's kinda the goal," said Biles.

"All the more reason to get those roads reconstructed. So when they are reconstructed, then the people paying fee see the benefit," said Magill.

The City Council has already approved a $55 million bond proposal that will go on the November ballot. The package will only fund the reconstruction of 14-16 streets.

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