On April 3, 2018, Manchester voters will have the opportunity to cast a vote on PROPOSITION S – Streets and Sidewalks.
WHAT IS PROPOSITION S?
Proposition S, if approved by voters, would provide $16 million to make various improvements to 65 miles of City of Manchester streets; fix structurally deficient sidewalks; and fix and install Americans with Disability Act (ADA) curb ramps on sidewalks to meet federal code requirements.
If passed, property taxes for debt service will rise to $0.28 cents per $100 assessed valuation. Property taxes for the Police and Courts Building will be paid off in 2018, which will reduce property taxes for debt service by $0.19 cents per assessed valuation. Therefore, the net increase will only be $0.09 cents per $100 assessed valuation.
The results of the Street Assessment Report shows approximately $16 million in needed street and sidewalk repairs.
The majority of Manchester streets are in need of repair. In the past, the City has budgeted approximately $500,000-$600,000 per year for street and sidewalk maintenance. That amount is no longer adequate as more old streets deteriorate. New funding is critical to fix and stay ahead of the overall street decline.
A 1 to 10 scale was used for visually rating the surface condition of a pavement, with 1 being a pavement in a failed condition and 10 being a pavement in excellent condition. More than 71% of the street network has a rating of 5 or less. If this bond issue is approved and the planned work is done on our streets, the average overall rating will rise to 9 or more.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. Why is there going to be an election for a bond issue?
A. The City’s consulting engineer has estimated the cost of reconstructing streets and sidewalks in poor condition in Manchester at approximately $16 million. New funding is critical to fix and stay ahead of the overall street decline.
Q. How did the streets get in such bad shape?
A. Simple. Most of our streets are between 40 and 50 years old. The age of roads and decades of weather damage and wear have caused our streets to deteriorate to the point where Manchester needs to start road restoration projects.
Q. What effect will the bond issue have on my taxes?
A. Most residential taxpayers will pay less than $10.00 a month (See the section entitled “What Would it Cost Me if Proposition S is Passed?”).
Q. Who determined which streets should be repaired?
A. The City engaged an engineering firm to perform an assessment of the condition of every street in Manchester. The City will focus on repairing the poorest rated streets first.
Q. When will construction begin and when will the street improvements be completed?
A. If the bonds are approved, construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2018 and be completed over a seven-year time frame.
WHAT WOULD IT COST ME IF PROPOSITION S IS PASSED?
Residents would pay about $4.43 per month on their real estate tax bill for every $100,000 in appraised home value. So, for a house appraised at $150,000, the monthly cost would be $6.65. For a house appraised at $200,000, the monthly cost would be about $8.86.