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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Ada County Highway District Commissioners to Decide 2017 Budget on Wednesday

Garden City – ACHD Commissioners will consider a $103 million spending plan that avoids any increase in the base property tax but meets Ada County’s transportation needs with a lengthy list of new projects.

For the eighth year in a row, the draft budget keeps the basic property tax at the same level. The Commissioners have tentatively decided to levy the growth in the overall tax roll (the value of newly improved properties in the past year), which could raise an additional $1.2 million for roadway improvements.

By law, the Commission can consider up to a three-percent increase in the basic property tax rate, plus the annual amount for growth in the value of taxable property within the county. Bypassing a base increase saved taxpayers $1 million.

"We built this budget to do the most critical projects for safety and to get people where they needed to go while still avoiding a big tax bite," said Kent Goldthorpe, Commission president. "We think this is a solid plan – the improvements to Ustick Road and the Fairview/Cole intersections being real highlights, but we also have some important sidewalk and bike lane connections."

The draft budget is available on ACHD’s website,, and a paper copy is available at the ACHD Reception Desk for review. Anyone wishing to submit written comments can send them to The public is welcome to testify at the adoption hearing.

The hearing will be in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., in Garden City at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24th.

Property taxes represent the largest revenue source for ACHD ($34.8 million), followed by state gas taxes ($28.8 million), development impact fees ($14 million) and vehicle registration fees ($9.4 million).
Some of the notable construction projects in the Fiscal 2017 budget include:

•    Ustick Road, Linder to Meridian roads; and the Ustick Road/Meridian Road intersection – $7.8 million – will improve the road to a five-lane section with four travel lanes, a center turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks, and improve the intersection with turn lanes.

•    Fairview Avenue and Cole Road – $3.7 million – will add turn lanes, sidewalks and bike lanes to enhance safety and capacity.

•    Emerald Street and Americana Boulevard, from Orchard Street to Ann Morrison Park – $1.1 million – will reconfigure Emerald and Americana to add continuous bike lanes and fill sidewalk gaps on Emerald.

•    Camas Street, Orchard Street to Roosevelt Street – $1.1 million – will build sidewalk on Camas and rehab the road pavement.

•    Eagle Road Bridge over Dry Creek – $545,000 – will replace the old bridge over Dry Creek with a wider span with modern safety features.

•    Kootenai Street, Vista Avenue to Federal Way – $507,000 – will build new sidewalks and bike lanes.

•    West 1st Street, Broadway Avenue to Maple Avenue and West 4th Street, Broadway Avenue to Maple Avenue – $740,000 – will build sidewalk and upgrade old sidewalk on 1st and sidewalk on the east side of 4th and a pathway between Maple and Cherry.

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