The five-year, 5-mill levy would have generated about $1.2 million per year, or about $6 million over the five-year life of the levy.
According to the auditor’s office, if the levy were to have passed, the owner of a $100,000 house in Riverside would have paid an additional $175 a year in property taxes for five years.
Carpenter said the city has managed to put about about a million dollars worth of work into the city roads in the past year.
"We will continue to do as much work as we can, for how much money we have available,” Carpenter said.
The city asked voters to consider an 8-mill permanent levy in 2018 and 2019. Both times that proposal was voted down. Residents told public officials they wanted a shorter, less costly levy after those two ballot initiatives failed.
The levy money would have been used to repair neighborhood streets beginning with the lowest overall pavement condition index. According to the city, 174 Streets or about 57% of the streets in the city, have a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating of 55 or below, meaning they need paved now.
In 2020, the cost to repair those roads would total about $18 million to pave all of the roads that need repaired now, the city said.