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City board announces election for tax approval

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

At a special Board of Aldermen meeting held Monday, the board passed an ordinance prompting an issue to be added to the Apr. 2 election. The election issue is the City’s proposition to impose a one-half cent sales tax for the funding of street and other capital improvements.

The one half cent sales tax means there would be an additional half cent charged for every dollar of the purchase. (Example, a $10 purchase will include an extra five cents to support the program)

Should it pass, this issue, to be know as Proposition S on the ballot, would be expected to generate approximately three million dollars in project funds. This money would be used to cover a comprehensive asphalt overlay program throughout Bowling Green.

This program would take place throughout a period of three years. It would allow for street resurfacing to be done in phases, so that it’s not being completed all at once. The initial street improvement project fund would be repaid over 15 years.

The proposed program would be similar to that which was completed in 2012 on West Adams Street.

The City of Bowling Green staff is currently reviewing a street condition inventory which was prepared last year. Their analysis will determine which streets would be completed first, dependent on their current condition. The board plans to release a list of these streets to be improved in the near future.