The proposed $117.9 million spending plan for fiscal 2018 includes a record-setting number of projects to increase safety and mobility, while also providing for the maintenance and operation of Ada County's roads, sidewalks, traffic signals, bike lanes and related infrastructure.
The draft budget includes an unprecedented $60.6 million capital program with 130 projects, including:
"This proposal has a mix of important projects to make it easier for people to get around, quickly and easily, whether they drive, walk or bike," said Paul Woods, commission president. "At the same time, it also keeps our asphalt, sidewalks and bridges in good shape, preserving our $3 billion infrastructure investment.
"We think it's a good budget, but we would like to know what people think."
For the first time in nine years, the draft budget includes a base property tax increase as part of the $2.2 million in new revenue authorized by the Commission majority in earlier budget discussions.
The proposal includes a three-percent increase in the general tax rate ($1 million), as well as an increase for the value of new construction added to the county's tax roll ($1.2 million). Combined, it equals a 6.4 percent increase in the year-over-year property tax revenue.
A full copy of the draft budget is available online for review.
The budget hearing will occur at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., in Garden City. The public is encouraged to attend and to testify, or to submit comments ahead of time via the District's Tell Us on the website.