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Monday, August 26, 2013
ACHD Commission to consider budget on August 28th

Garden City – With an eye to the bad economy, ACHD Commissioners will consider a $93.3 million budget on Wednesday that they say meets Ada County’s transportation needs but remains kind to taxpayers.

For the fifth year running, Commissioners will consider a spending plan that keeps the base property tax at the same level. For the first time in five years, the proposed budget would tax growth (the value of newly improved properties) in the overall tax roll, which would raise an additional $621,000 to fund a handful of additional pedestrian safety projects.

"We have to balance the transportation needs against the need to keep taxes low," said Sara Baker, ACHD president. "This practical budget keeps the signals timed and the potholes filled while allowing the most needed roadway, bridge and sidewalk projects to be built. This work stimulates the economy and reinvests in the community."

By law, the Commission can consider up to a three percent increase in the property tax rate, plus the amount for growth. The draft budget omits any increase in the base tax rate.

The adoption hearing will be in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., in Garden City at 6 p.m. on August 28th. The draft budget is available on ACHD’s web site, www.achdidaho.org. The Commission welcomes public testimony. Those wishing to submit written comments can send them to 3775 Adams St., Garden City, ID 83713 or to tellus@achdidaho.org. Please get your comments in a day or two before the meeting to allow commissioners time to consider your views.

Property taxes represent the largest revenue source for ACHD ($32.3 million), followed by state gas taxes ($20.7 million), development impact fees ($12 million) and vehicle registration fees ($9.1 million).

Some of the major construction projects in the 2014 budget include:

• Community Programs – $7 million – construct sidewalk, pedestrian crossing, bikeway and safe-route-to-school projects across the county to improve mobility and safety.

• Cloverdale Road Bridge #344 – $1,100,000 – replace a narrow, weight-restricted bridge over the New York Canal with a new span that has bicycle and pedestrian facilities

• Boise Avenue, Holcomb Road / Eckert Road Project – $960,000 – install curb, gutter, sidewalk and bike lane on the south side of Boise Avenue between Holcomb Road and Bergeson Street, and on both sides of the road between Bergeson Street and Eckert Road to promote safety and mobility

• Boise Avenue, Holcomb / Eckert Pavement Rehab – $650,000 – reconstruct the pavement between Holcomb Road to Eckert Road

• Meridian Road and Main Street (Phase 2 of Split Corridor), Franklin Road to Cherry Lane – $1,500,000 – complete and close out of the project to reroute and improve north-south traffic flow through downtown Meridian

• Roosevelt Street, Overland Road / Cassia Street – $800,000 – construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes on Roosevelt Street between Overland Road and Cassia Street to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and connectivity in the vicinity of Cassia Park, Sacred Heart Elementary School and Monroe Elementary School

• Ustick Road and Locust Grove Road – $760,000 – widen intersection to five lanes on all approaches and modify signal in order to improve traffic flow and safety

• Ustick Road, Locust Grove Road / Leslie Way – $1,850,000 – widen roadway to five lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for all users; concurrent project with the Ustick/Locust Grove intersection

• Ustick Road, Cloverdale Road / Five Mile Road – $4,500,000 – widen roadway to five lanes, with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes in keeping with the adopted Ustick Corridor Concept Design to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for all users

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