County reviews proposals for roads and bridges tax

By The Mercury

Staff reports

Riley County commissioners Thursday reviewed a proposed list of $20 million worth of projects that would be submitted for voter approval as part of this year’s renewal of a roads and bridges sales tax.

The proposals, which would be funded by extension of the existing tax for an additional 10 years, include a dozen bridges at a total cost of $5.5 million, 13 culverts at a total cost of $1.3 million, 35.7 miles of overlays at $5.4 million as well as reconstruction of three roads at $7.8 million.

Commission chair Karen McCulloh summarized the case for seeking voter approval of the renewal of the tax, remarking that if the work had to be funded through property taxes it would add more than 3 mills to each bill.

A 3-mill levy increase generates about $1.5 million in property tax revenues per year.


County appraiser Greg McHenry told commissioners Thursday that average home sales prices declined fractionally here in 2011.

The average sale price declined from $185,000 to $184,580, a fall of about one-quarter of one percent.

Essentially it represented a flat market.

“We’re not seeing a lot of appreciation or depreciation either way,” he said.

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