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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Commission adopts 2016 budget -- no tax increase

Garden City – ACHD Commissioners approved a $98 million spending plan Wednesday evening, avoiding any property tax increase but still planning a lengthy list of projects for the coming year.

"We’re covering the basics, but we will need to address the costs and challenges of growth in future budgets," said Jim Hansen, ACHD President. "This is a modest budget."

Property taxes represent the largest revenue source for ACHD ($33.5 million), followed by state gas taxes ($27.3 million), development impact fees ($13 million) and vehicle registration fees ($9.3 million). ACHD anticipates $5.5 million in additional gas taxes for fiscal 2016, which will be dedicated to maintenance work as required by the Idaho Legislature’s recent transportation funding bill.

ACHD’s fiscal year starts on October 1, 2015.

Some of the notable construction projects in the 2016 budget include:

•    The 36th Street/Hill Road/Catalpa Drive Roundabout in Boise – $2.5 million – will convert the existing, five-legged intersection into a modern, "dog bone" shaped roundabout with curbs, gutters and sidewalks to improve safety near Hillside Junior High School.

•    Cloverdale Road, Franklin Road to Fairview Avenue in Boise – $2.7 million – will improve the road to five lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes to relieve congestion and enhance safety for all road users.

•    Executive Drive, Parkdale Avenue to President Drive in Boise and Meridian – $1.6 million – will improve road to five lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes. The project will be built with the Cloverdale, Franklin to Fairview, project.

•    Five Mile Road, Fairview Avenue to Ustick Road in Boise – $3.3 million – will improve the road to five lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes to relieve congestion and enhance safety for all road users.

•    The Linder Avenue/Main Street/3rd Street Roundabout in Kuna – $1 million – will build a single-lane roundabout and pedestrian facilities at the intersection to improve vehicular safety, mobility and capacity.

Linder Road, one-quarter mile north of Chinden Boulevard in Eagle, Meridian and Ada County – $2.1 million – will improve Linder to four lanes: one northbound, two southbound and a center turn lane. The project includes sidewalk, curb and gutter on the west side of the road; another northbound travel lane and sidewalk will be built on the east side as area development occurs.

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