Jackson council approves ballot measures to repair roads

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Jackson City Council members took another step to fix the city’s crumbling roads Tuesday.

Residents will now have two options to choose from, and they’ll have to wait until November to vote on them, pending approval from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Both options would put $161 million toward roads. The first proposal would cost the average home owner slightly more than $100 per year bringing in an additional $99 million to the city. An additional $62 million would come from special assessments.

The second proposal would bring in the full $161 million through property taxes.

Council Member Colleen Sullivan says more than half of the city’s roads are in disrepair.

“We’ve been pushing it down the road for over 60 years now. It’s not going to  go away, and it’s about time we sat down and figured out how to truly fix it,” she said.        

While people who spoke at the meeting acknowledge the roads need to be repaired, some are not fond of the proposals.

“I actually am a landlord in town. We recently got an 18 percent increase on inspection fees. I just don’t think that’s the right thing to do,” John Leicht said. “We do need roads here, but we need to look at another plan.”

Sullivan said while raising taxes is not popular, it’s necessary.

“I could’ve proposed something that could get a bunch of pavement out there. But I’m not interested in just slapping a bunch of asphalt down, I really want to fix this problem,” she said.

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