Funding for crumbling roads focus of transportation town hall tonight
Caroline MacGregor June 10, 2013 | WGVU In February,
following a year long study on local road conditions, the Grand Rapids Sustainable
Streets Task Force reported 63 percent of Grand Rapids Streets are in disrepair
and if nothing is done, that number will rise to 94 percent in less than nine
While Democrats and Republicans bicker over funding issues in the
legislature, there is still no agreed upon long term solution for Michigan’s
roads. A budget surplus of close to 350 million will help but not for long. An
estimated 1.2 billion annually is needed just to help preserve the current
evening, State Rep Rob VerHeulen along with four other Republican representatives will ask
for public input on the funding crisis facing local roads.
“We can't expect Washington to help us out and that's why at the state level we need to figure out what we can do to raise more money and that also applies to the cities and counties, Grand Rapids is being very foresighted in looking ahead and saying what we need to do as a community to fund our streets.”
Director of Communications, Jeff Cranson, who says one issue up for discussion
is the gas tax.
are another area for consideration.
“The fact that you pay 18.7 cents in state gas tax and you pay 24 cents now with gas at 4 dollars a gallon in sales tax on the fuel. You think, gosh I'm paying 43 cents at the pump for roads, but you're not, you're only paying 19 cents - that 24 cents doesn't go to roads.”
the problems with Michigan’s roads are critical and affect all of use.
“We hope people come and engage and find out what will this mean whether I live in the city or on a county road or on a state highway; how could this benefit my life, we all have a role, you know, it's our backbone, it was built by generations before and we have an obligation to maintain it; it's about mobility and accessibility.”
town hall takes place 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 215A of Grand Valley State
University’s Eberhard Center.
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