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 a 20-Year Plan contains 26 high priority road and bridge projects. The County faces a budget gap of $104 Million to complete those projects.
Board Passes Funding Solution
To meet that budget gap and take care of those high priority roads and bridges, the County at its May 2 meeting passed a resolution to use new revenue sources to address the $104 budget shortfall and fund road repairs and construction projects over the next 20 years. Proceeds from a new half-percent local option sales tax, a $20 excise tax on vehicle purchases, and an increase in the wheelage tax from the current $10 per vehicle to $20 per vehicle will be used to fund specific transportation projects. View the full news release on this proposal.
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.
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.
Comments and Questions
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