Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Former commissioner supports road levy

    I support the county’s two-year road property tax levy, even though as a Blaine County commissioner, I voted not to use property taxes for road maintenance. Well, times have changed. Increasing costs of materials and declining gas-tax revenues have depleted road reserves, and this measure needs to pass on May 20 to keep our roads and streets from falling into more serious disrepair.
      For me, the most persuasive argument for voting for the county’s two-year tax levy is that preventive road work now will result in cost savings. There is plenty of research showing that preventive maintenance on roads results in longer pavement life and the need for less expensive reconstruction. The cost-benefit ratio from national studies is impressive. As one letter stated, “It is the same concept as changing the oil in our cars rather than waiting for the engine to fail.”
    I believe that we can’t wait any longer. Most counties in Idaho use the property tax to fund roads. Please join me in voting yes on the two-year county road levy on the Tuesday, May 20, ballot.
Sarah Michael
Blaine County

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