Friday, April 12, 2013

Citizens to discuss Wood River Trail levy

Voters to consider $3.5 million tax on property


A group of citizen volunteers has scheduled nearly 20 public presentations about an upcoming election on a proposed tax levy to repair the Wood River Trail.

Voters will decide on May 21 whether to accept a proposed two-year levy to rebuild and resurface large portions of the trail, which runs the length of the Wood River Valley.

An audit by Galena Engineering indicates that despite annual maintenance, the path is near the end of its 30-year life. Deterioration includes cracking in the middle, edge erosion and potholes caused by root protrusion.

At $1.75 million per year for two years, the levy would cost homeowners about $21 per $100,000 of taxable property value for each year. 

Public meetings over the next two weeks are scheduled as follows:

  • Hailey City Council, April 15, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bellevue City Council, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • PTA at Woodside Elementary, April 17, at 7 p.m.
  • Hailey Rotary, April 18, at noon.

More presentations are scheduled in the coming month at the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley, as well as the Hailey Chamber and other local organizations.

The committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the campaign. For more information, see



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