Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Garden City – Ada County Highway District Commissioners Wednesday approved a hold-the-line budget for the third consecutive year that avoids an increase in the amount of property taxes collected while maintaining, operating and expanding Ada County’s road network.
ACHD Commission Approves $86.6 Million Budget for 2012
Commissioners opted to not take the three-percent increase in the property tax rate allowed by law or the increase permitted for growth (newly improved properties) on the tax roll. As a result, the total amount of property tax proposed to be collected is $31.7 million – the same amount as in 2010 and 2011.
"This budget strikes a good balance between accomplishing what people tell us they want – efficiently operating and improving the road system – and keeping the tax rate low," ACHD President Rebecca Arnold said.
Citizens testifying at the hearing thanked the Commission for avoiding a tax levy increase.
The public can view the budget online at www.achdidaho.org.
Property taxes represent the largest revenue source for ACHD, followed by state gas taxes ($19.7 million), the vehicle registration fees ($8.6 million) and impact fees ($6 million).
Major projects moving ahead in the coming budget year include:
• The 30th Street Extension, from Fairview Avenue to State Street: $2.7 million to buy right-of-way and begin construction of the two-year project to create a new road with four travel lanes, a roundabout and other features related to the Esther Simplot Park. (Another $5 million will be spent in 2013 to complete the roadway.)
• Five Mile Road, Franklin Road to Fairview Avenue: $1.8 million will be spent to acquire right-of-way for the project, which will widen the road from two to five lanes with sidewalks and bike lanes. Construction begins in 2013.
• Ustick Road, Duane Drive to Campton Way: $1.7 million to expand the road from two to five lanes with sidewalks and bike lanes.
• Cloverdale Road/Ustick Road intersection: $3.5 million to widen and reconstruct the intersection to accommodate existing and future traffic volume.
• The Meridian Split Corridor, Phase 2: $3.5 million to begin the expansion and rerouting of Meridian Road and Main Street from Franklin Road to Cherry Lane. Another $6 million is slated to be spent in fiscal 2013 to complete the project.
• Maple Grove Road/Franklin Road: $1.1 million to reconstruct intersection, adding new left turn lanes on Maple Grove and right-turn lanes on the north- and eastbound approaches.
• Linder Road/Pine Avenue intersection: $3.7 million to rebuild, widen and signalize intersection.
• Ten Mile Road/Ustick Road intersection: $1.9 million to rebuild, widen and signalize the intersection.
• Old Horseshoe Bend Road Bridge: $830,000 to replace old span with wider bridge with sidewalks and bike shoulder.
• Community Projects: $4.2 million in curb, gutter, sidewalk, pathways and other pedestrian and bicycle projects for many locations across Ada County.
ACHD's fiscal year begins in October and runs through the end of September 2012.