Our city has a plan for reconstructing our major roads (Arterials & Collectors) but has a rarely used plan for Residential Street Reconstruction. That "plan" has the resident paying (above current taxes) 90% of the cost of a new Residential Street. To me, that is no "plan" as it places a huge burden on the people who want to fix their Residential street.
My solution is similar to the Residential Street Vitality Program (RSVP) in St. Paul Minnesota. The program has been a great success and requires a commitment of annualized funding by the city and the city pays a much larger portion of the cost.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm3pmk0D1WI
Funding model they use: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=2656
Projects By Year: http://www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=3973
After last November's vote, the people mandated Neighborhood Improvements as a priority. We have discussed the Residential Street Reconstruction plan once in Council and are set to do so again in Mid-June.
Staff began with a recommendation of $10 million per year and offered various sources of revenue to draw from. Many of us on Council agreed on two items:
1) Do not raise taxes or create a fee for this program.
2) We agree that the new revenue from the Industrial District Contract (Beginning Jan 2015) appropriated for Streets is to be an annualized funding source for the Residential Street Program.
As we continue forward, stay engaged and keep us posted on your concerns, advice, and proposed solutions.