Levy would give streets 'serious attention' they need
Issue 22 passage would provide $250,000 yearly for street repairs
Along with operating revenue, Issue 22 would provide the city of Grandview Heights with $250,000 in annual funds earmarked for street-improvement projects.
The four-year, 7.5-mill property tax replacement levy is on the Nov. 6 ballot. The city's current property tax levy will expire at the end of the year.
The replacement levy would generate about $660,000 per year, with roughly two-thirds used for operating revenue and the rest for street-improvement projects.
The owner of a home with the average appraised value of $266,343 would pay a total of $611 annually. That's an increase of nearly $22 a month.
The city's sources for street-improvement funding -- the gasoline tax and motor vehicle license tax -- have been falling as people drive less, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.
Meanwhile, many of the city's streets continue to deteriorate, he said.
Last year, the city evaluated the condition of its streets using an Ohio Department of Transportation pavement condition rating system, DeGraw said.
City streets were ranked as being very good, good, fair to poor, or poor.
"About half our streets are rated fair to poor or poor," DeGraw said. "Those streets are in need of serious attention."
Street improvements have been put off due to budget constraints, he said.
The city has patched some roadways and also has completed some crack-sealing work this year, DeGraw said.
Grandview also has submitted applications for Ohio Public Works Commission funds to help pay for two projects on Goodale Boulevard, he said.
One of the applications is for improvements on the east end of Goodale from Northwest Boulevard to the city corporation line, including portions of the Grandview Yard project. The other is for a project to upgrade existing infrastructure and build new infrastructure on the west end of Goodale from Grandview Avenue to Lincoln Road.
The city previously was successful in obtaining commission funds to pay for improvements to Oakland Avenue.
But a long-term plan is needed to ensure city streets are maintained, DeGraw said.
"They could start to blow out where there is pressure if we don't address the problem," he said.
City streets ranked as poor in last year's study include:
* Elmwood between Goodale and the top of the hill.
* Wyandotte between Goodale and Bluff.
* Palmer between Goodale and Burr.
* Ashland between First and the northern corporation line.
* Merrick between Elmwood and Urlin.
* Glendale between Douglas and Goodale.
* Second between Norton and Edgehill.
* Grandview between the southern corporation line and Goodale.
* Second between Grandview and Avondale.
Those streets would be among those to get attention first if the levy passes and the city has an annual allocation of $250,000 for road repairs, DeGraw said.
"We would take the worse streets first," he said. "You can't put a specific number on the number of streets we could address each year. It would depend on the condition of the asphalt."
If the levy passes, the administration would in December or January bring to City Council a proposed plan for 2013 street work, DeGraw said.