City Looks To Up Taxes To Pay For Road Repairs 5-23-2011 - WNEM TV 5

City Looks To Up Taxes To Pay For Road Repairs 5-23-2011

Everyone is sick of the rough roads, but are you ready to pay more to fix them?
One Mid-Michigan city hopes so as they're looking at putting a 2-mil tax on the ballot this fall to help maintain and repair your streets.
Bay City’s Jeff Wayne told TV5 Ridge Road is full of potholes and it looks more like a gravel road. Traffic on that Bay City road is reduced to one lane and Wayne said it's more like an obstacle course than a road. “We find a hub cap on our front lawn once a month,” said Wayne.
But City Hall said when it comes to road repair, it is broke, and commissioners are thinking about asking Bay City voters to cast a ballot on a 2 mil request in November, with the money going specifically to fix Bay City roads.
It’s a tough balance for residents looking for better roads but apprehensive at the thought of higher taxes.
The 2 mil tax would be in effect for five years. Supporters say it would raise $1.6 million the first year, with all the money going to road repair.

Would you be willing to pay more taxes if it meant better local roads?

Bay City commissioners will need to approve the ballot language by Aug. 30 for the millage to be placed on the November ballot.
It's unknown exactly how much the average homeowner's tax bill would increase if the millage were passed.
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