Friday, January 14, 2000

Levy for street repairs on Mount Healthy ballot

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT HEALTHY — The city will ask voters to approve a street levy s March 7 that will raise about $102,000 a year, money city officials say should help leverage state funds worth four or five times as much.

        If approved, the 1.5-mill, five-year levy would be the first time in anyone's memory that the city has had a street levy.

        Officials say part of their campaign strategy will be to explain that the money generated cannot be used for any thing but street work.

        “Our motto may end up being, "Strictly streets,'” said Councilman Joseph Roetting, treasurer of the campaign committee that will work for passage of the levy.

        The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $52 a year.

        City officials say having a street levy would help in applying for state grants, like the State Capital Improvement Program grants.

        Tim McInerney, the city's safety-service director, said there are about 18 miles of streets in the city, tucked into about 1.4 square miles.

        “For the density and size of the city, it's a lot of pavement,” said Mr. McInerney.

        The city had been spending about $40,000 to $50,000 a year on road maintenance out of its general fund, and with money generated by the gasoline tax and license plate fee.


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