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General Obligation Bond Election 2017 – Traffic Congestion Mitigation Question

As I told you in August, my next few articles are designed to help educate voters on the November 7th General Obligation Bond Election. Registered voters will receive a ballot-by-mail to decide three bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. Last month, we reviewed the Public Safety Question, now let’s look at the projects under the $15.5 million Traffic Congestion Mitigation Question.

Waddell Road (SR 303 to Reems Rd)

Project Need: In 2007, the city commissioned an Arterial Capacity Study with goals to improve traffic safety and mitigate traffic congestion. This section of Waddell was identified in that study as being incomplete. With a little more than 16,000 vehicles travelling this road daily, it is currently at capacity.

If approved: This project will construct 4 additional travel lanes for a total of 6 lanes. Other improvements include a traffic signal at the Sarival intersection, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. This project builds out Waddell eliminating where two lanes merge into one. It also pays to relocate existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure and for right-of-way acquisition.

Project Cost: $7 million    Project timeline: Jan 2019 – Jan 2021

Greenway Road (Cotton Ln east to Sarival Ave)

Project Need: The city commissioned an Arterial Capacity Study in 2007 with goals to improve traffic safety and mitigate traffic congestion. This section of Greenway Rd was identified in the study as being incomplete. The single lanes along the south side of Greenway are over capacity with more than 21,000 vehicles per day.

If approved: This project will construct 2 additional travel lanes for a total of 4 lanes. Other improvements include bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. This project builds out Greenway eliminating where two lanes merge into one. It also pays to relocate existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure and for right-of-way acquisition.

Project Cost: $5.1 million    Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Feb 2020

Litchfield Road (Waddell Rd to Peoria Ave)

Project Need: The city commissioned an Arterial Capacity Study in 2007 with goals to improve traffic safety and mitigate traffic congestion. This section of Litchfield Rd was identified in the study as being incomplete. With approximately 14,200 vehicles travelling this road daily, it is nearing capacity.

If approved: This project will construct 2 additional travel lanes for a total of 4 lanes. Other improvements include bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. This project builds out Greenway eliminating where two lanes merge into one.

Project Cost: $3.4 million    Project timeline: Feb 2018 – Sep 2020

The Cost to You

GO Bonds are paid back via a secondary property tax. Any collections are required to be used to pay off the bond debt(s). Currently, the city does not have a secondary property tax. If any of the three proposed bond questions are voter approved, it would create a secondary property tax for the city.

Should the Traffic Congestion Mitigation question receive voter approval, the annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV) for an anticipated 22 years, or $0.1188 per $100 in Assessed LPV. That’s approximately $1.00 per month, or $0.03 per day.

Follow These Steps To Determine The Property Tax For Your Home:

  1. Visit http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/
  2. Enter property address in search box, and click on parcel number for details
  3. Scroll down to Valuation Information
  4. Find the “Assessed LPV”
  5. Divide “Assessed LPV” dollar amount by 100, then multiply that number by the $0.1188 rate

For more detailed information about the projects please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. You can also learn more about the costs and election information on that site. The city will schedule a series of public bond education meetings; those dates will be added to the website. Next month, we will explore the Pavement Preservation Question and costs. Don’t forget voter registration for this election closes on October 10!

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