Chico Asking for $188 Million in Road Repairs

The Chico City Council may soon ask residents if they would be willing to pay more taxes in order to improve roads in the city.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2018 1:30 PM
Updated: Oct. 2, 2018 1:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico City Council may soon ask residents if they would be willing to pay more taxes in order to improve roads in the city.

The City of Chico needs $188 million to fix the roads.

The council discussed different options including increased sales or property tax in order to complete the project.

Council member Randall Stone said the community has come to the council with complaints on how the roads need work, and even the council members themselves are seeing these dangerous conditions.

Stone said, the council fails every year to devote $7 million toward annual road maintenance.

"Cause the council has been deficient in funding out roadway and infrastructure improvement for the better part of a decade," Stone said.

If residents pass a tax increase, your real estate taxes could increase $129 per every $100,000 of assessed value, over a 30 year time period.

Although it could be slightly higher as the amounts provided by the city of Chico did not include any interest payments on potential bond financing.

This measure will not be on the November ballot but could be ready for the ballot in June of 2019.

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