On Nov. 5, Riverside voters will get to decide on the 8-mill road levy. The new levy would cost someone who owns a $100,000 home an extra $280 in property taxes per year. It would also be a permanent levy, meaning neither council nor voters would vote on it again.
Pavement Management Group determined the city should spend about $3.25 million a year on roads to improve them from their poor or fair ratings. The levy would generate about $1.9 million for the city to invest in its streets.
The city currently puts around $800,000 per year into its roads.
“Improving roads can improve home values, help provide safe commutes for residents and help prevent vehicle damage,” Carpenter said. “Better roads are also an important part of attracting businesses to our community, and economic development is crucial for our city. Businesses look for places that are growing and thriving. Riverside is at a crossroads. It’s our choice.”
This levy is identical to the road levy voters saw in 2018. The levy was defeated by eight votes in that election, according to Riverside clerk of council Katie Lewallen.
If the levy passes, Pavement Management Group will provide the city with a 10-year road repair plan.
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