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ACHD eyes 2015 budget for road improvements but wants to be mindful of taxpayers

ACHD eyes 2015 budget for road improvements but wants to be mindful of taxpayers

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 14, 2014

ACHD Commissioners will consider a $97 million budget on August 26th, 2014 that they believe will meet Ada County’s transportation needs but will be mindful of tax payers.

Commissioners will deliberate on a spending plan that will keep property tax the same for a second year but will vote on a draft budget that would tax growth (the value of newly improved properties) in the overall tax roll to raise an additional $970,000.

“We want to keep taxes as low as possible and still meet the critical needs,” said John Franden, ACHD president. “This budget invests in Ada County’s economy with $45 million in new projects, while ensuring that the potholes are filled and the signals are timed.”

The adoption hearing will be in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., in Garden City at 6 p.m. on August 26, 2014. That is a special date for the hearing, which usually coincides with regular Wednesday evening Commission meeting. The change will accommodate Commissioner travel schedules, assuring all five are present to vote. The regular August 27th meeting is cancelled.

The draft budget can be found here.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments can send them to 3775 Adams St., Garden City, ID 83714 or totellus@achdidaho.org. Please get your comments in at least a day or two before the meeting to allow Commissioners time to consider your views. The public is also welcome to testify at the hearing.

Property taxes represent the largest revenue source for ACHD ($33.2 million), followed by state gas taxes ($21.2 million), development impact fees ($13 million) and vehicle registration fees ($9.2 million).

Some of the major construction projects in the 2015 budget include:

• Avenue E, South End to West 4th Street – $226,000 – Build sidewalks, bike lanes, and curbs and gutters to fill gaps and increase safety on West Main Street, North Avenue E and Bridge Avenue in Kuna.

• Bogus Basin Road Improvements – $2.8 million – Resurface and improve Bogus Basin from Milepost 3 to Milepost 9 to increase safety, including additional guardrails, turnouts and signage.

• Downtown Boise Implementation Plan – $2.7 million – Resurface and convert some streets from one-way to two-way operation and add bicycle facilities in conjunction with Boise City and the Capitol City Development Corp.

• Eagle Road/McMillan Road Intersection – $2.9 million – Rebuild and widen intersection to increase capacity and safety, including improved sidewalks and bike lanes.

• Floating Feather Road, Meridian Road to Ballantyne Lane – $500,000 – Build a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of road and widen road shoulder for bike lanes to increase safety and connectivity around Eagle Middle School and Eagle High School.

• Fairview Avenue, East of 3rd Street to Locust Grove Road – $297,000 – Fill sidewalk gaps on north and south side of road to improve safety and connectivity.

• Franklin Road, Black Cat to Ten Mile roads, and the Franklin/Black Cat intersection – $3.1 million – Widen road to five lanes with sidewalk, bike lanes, curbs and gutters to improve safety and capacity.

• Hill Road Extension – $4.4 million – Widen road to three lanes and extend west to Old State Street; project to include sidewalks, bike lanes, curbs, gutters, and new bridges at Edgewood and on Hill and includes medians to be landscaped in the future.

• Lake Hazel Extension – $650,000 – Extend road with two lanes from South Solar Way to Cole Road.

• McMillan Road, Locust Grove Road to State Highway 55 (Eagle Road) – $1.5 million – Widen road to five lanes with sidewalk, bike lanes, curbs and gutters, retaining as much existing sidewalk as feasible to improve safety and capacity.

• Owyhee Street, Malad Street to Overland Road – $442,000 – Replace and rehab deteriorating sidewalks and fill gaps to improve safety for Whitney Elementary and South Jr. High students.

• Shamrock Bikeway – $255,000 – From De Meyer Street to Executive Drive, build new, 10 path on unopened right-of-way, new pedestrian crossing at Fairview and Shamrock and add way-finding signage.

• Ten Mile Road, Cherry Lane to Ustick Road – $3.2 million – Widen road to four or five lanes, depending on the section, adding sidewalk, bike lanes, curbs and gutters. Build an emergency signal and a pedestrian signal at Teter Street.