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Average pavement condition is generally “good” but slipping toward “fair” as more roads age and funding does not allow for regular maintenance of our roadway system.
If we continue to spend approximately $300,000/year, by 2026 the estimated city wide average PCI will be 52.4.
Our current limited funding means we are only able to react to emergencies (potholes that can damage vehicles) and citizen complaints. This is not a cost effective way to address maintenance.
Maintaining the road network is like maintaining a home. Just as deferring relatively inexpensive household maintenance such as painting or sealing can lead to costly problems in the future, neglecting necessary roadway maintenance today can lead to significant future costs for city residents.
The City estimates that it will need close to $2.3 million per year to maintain pavement conditions at current (2016) levels and is exploring ways to generate additional revenue. As statewide gas-tax revenues decline, many cities in Oregon are facing similar funding challenges and are turning to Transportation Utility Fees and Local Gas Taxes as alternatives.
Fees can also be varied by business size or class. For example, a small florist would pay less than a major retailer.
Other similarly sized cities are finding this utility fee model easy to use. It is more equitable for different types of users because it assesses fees based on multiple factors:
This type of fee also considers the ease of collecting funds, usually using existing municipal bills to minimize administrative expense.
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We have begun examining revenue needs to maintain our existing pavement. Some have expressed an interest in funding additional transportation infrastructure.
Late this fall, staff and consultants will draft a plan for pavement management and funding. City council will review the plan and take action. A new street utility fee and local gas tax could be approved and go into effect later in 2017.
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