CLOSING THE STATE/FEDERAL GAP:
FUNDING HIGH PRIORITY ROADS AND BRIDGES
A Critical Problem
State and Metropolitan Council plans for highway expansion for the next 20 years do not include Carver County. Federal grant guidelines for highway projects virtually exclude Carver County.
The County Engineer has identified 34 road and bridge projects as “high priorities” for the next 30 years. Safety concerns have elevated many of these projects. The 34 identified projects have been divided into two implementation plans, a 20-Year Plan and a 30-Year Plan.
The 20-Year Plan contains 26 high priority road and bridge projects. The County faces a budget gap of $104 Million to complete those projects. The additional 8 projects in the 30-Year Plan increase the budget gap by $64 million.
A Proposed Solution
To meet that budget gap and take care of those high priority roads and bridges, the County is considering an increase of $10 per year per vehicle (the Wheelage Tax), a Sales Tax of ½ percent, and a $20 Excise Tax on vehicle purchases – all tied to high priority road and bridge projects.
County Board Meeting on May 2
Following the public hearing on April 18, the Carver County Board directed staff to prepare two separate resolutions for consideration at the May 2, 2017 County Board meeting: one to implement the ½ percent sales tax and $20 vehicle excise tax, and one to increase the annual wheelage tax to $20 per registered vehicle. Further direction was given to limit a potential implementation of both taxes to 20 years as well as restrict the use of the wheelage tax to county highway purposes only. The May 2 Board Meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Government Center in Chaska. Comments about the proposal can be emailed to: email@example.com.
Read more about this issue:
View maps of proposed projects:
2017-2022 Road & Bridge Plan - A map of projects funded in the 2017 budget and planned for the next five years (2018-2022) often referred to as the Capital Improvement Plan or CIP. Projects in these years have been programmed with the County’s share of the projects’ cost. The majority of projects shown, with the exception of the major rehabilitation projects, will require cost participation from other agencies.
Unfunded High Priority Projects - 20-Year Plan - A map of projects for the next 20 years under consideration for funding from the County Transportation Tax Proposal. All projects shown on the map need additional revenue to be constructed.
Unfunded High Priority Projects - 30-Year Plan - A map of projects for the next 30 years under consideration for funding under this proposal.
Combined Plan: CIP and High Priority Projects - A map showing both CIP and Unfunded High Priority Projects.
County Sales Tax Map: A map showing sales tax amounts for each county in Minnesota.
January 24 - Staff presentation to Carver County elected leaders
January 24 - Staff presentation in County Board work session
February 2 -- March 15 - Public comments through this website