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. Yet the County Engineer has identified 22 road and bridge projects as “high priorities” for the next 24 years. Safety concerns have elevated many of these projects.
Without those Federal and State funds, the County faces a budget gap of $128 Million to complete the high priority road and bridge projects.
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.
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 - A map of projects under consideration for funding from the County Transportation Tax Proposal. All projects shown on the map need additional revenue to be constructed.
Combined Plan: CIP and High Priority Projects - A map showing both CIP and Unfunded High Priority Projects.
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