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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
ACHD Commission Set to Adopt 2013 Budget on Wednesday; No Tax Increase Anticipated

Garden City – For the fourth year running, ACHD Commissioners will consider a hold-the-line budget that avoids increasing the amount of property taxes collected while operating and expanding Ada County’s road network.

Commissioners take up the $89.2 million spending plan at the Wednesday, August 22, 2012 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Ada County Highway District Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., in Garden City.

Commissioners are set to forgo the three-percent increase in the property tax rate allowed by law, as well as the increase permitted for growth (newly improved properties) on the tax roll for a fourth year. As a result, the total amount of property tax proposed to be collected is $31.7 million – the same amount as prior years.

"Again, we’ve been able to balance the transportation needs of the county with the desire to keep taxes low in this slow economy," said Rebecca Arnold, ACHD president. "We think this is a practical proposal that will keep the signals timed and the potholes filled while allowing the most needed road and intersection improvements to be built."
 
The public can view the budget online at www.achdidaho.org and send in comments in advance of the Commission’s formal consideration of the spending plan. A printed copy is available for review at ACHD’s main office, and the Commission welcomes testimony from the public at the meeting.

Property taxes represent the largest revenue source for ACHD, followed by state gas taxes ($20 million), impact fees ($9 million) and vehicle registration fees ($8.8 million).

Some of the major projects moving ahead in the coming budget year include:

• Meridian Split Corridor, Phase 2: $6.1 million to begin the expansion and rerouting of Meridian Road and Main Street from Franklin Road to Cherry Lane. The two-year, $7.7 million construction project will finish in 2014.

• 30th Street Extension, from Fairview Avenue to State Street: $4.3 million to complete construction of a new road with four travel lanes, a roundabout, sidewalks and bike lanes alongside the Esther Simplot and Whitewater parks. The total project is estimated to cost nearly $9.2 million.

• Franklin Road, Ten Mile to Linder: $2.95 million to widen the road to five lanes with curb, gutter and sidewalk to relieve traffic congestion and to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.

• State Highway 44 and Linder Road intersection: $2.36 million to wider the intersection to seven lanes on the Linder portions of the crossroad and to modify the signal to improve traffic flow in partnership with the Idaho Transportation Department, which is improving the east-west highway.

• Community Projects: $3.5 million to build 37 sidewalk, pathway, bike lane and other projects to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety across Ada County.

ACHD's fiscal year begins in October and runs through the end of September 2013.

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