Marijke Rowland

April 22, 2013

TURLOCK NOW: Time to talk roads

Series of public forums set to discuss a possible road tax to fix the city's streets, among other issues.

The rubber – or possibly your wallet – is about to really meet the road, as Turlock officials invite the public to discuss a possible road tax at a series of public forums

Four public forums have been set to address “critical issues” affecting the city, but City Council members agreed in March the ailing roadways had to be one of the key priorities discussed. Other topics include public safety and water needs.

The special city meetings will be at 6 pm. April 30 at Dutcher Junior High School, 1441 Colorado Ave.; 6 p.m. May 9 at Westside Ministries, 952 Columbia St.; 6 p.m. May 30 at the Senior Citizens Center, 1191 Cahill Ave. and 7 p.m. June 13 at Pitman High School, 2525 West Christoffersen Parkway.

In February Turlock Mayor John Lazar made fixing the roads one of his key priorities in his State of the City address. The city faces an $8 million annual gap in the amount it funds road repair and the amount needed each year to maintain its streets.

In March Council members held a special session to hear a report on the city’s streets and discuss possible funding options. Among those ideas floated were either a flat per-lot parcel tax or a half-cent sales tax.

The public will have its change to weigh in on the options, and any other issues it feels most pressing in the city, at the forums.

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