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Riverside voters to decide on 8 mill levy for city roads

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) - The city of Riverside is putting an 8-mill property tax levy on the upcoming November ballot, for street repairs.

The levy will generate $1.9 million dollars for street repairs. For a home valued at $100,000, it's $280 per year.

Riverside resident Debbie Almeyda said the roads could use some work.

"It ruins your tires, it ruins the alignment, everything on your car," she said. "And it's just like, I guess they just don't care."

The state of the roads is a problem city manager Mark Carpenter acknowledged.

"This past winter, everyone experienced lots and lots of potholes and we got a lot of complaints about the condition of the streets," he said. "Frankly, we just haven't had the budget to keep them maintained as they should."

He said should the levy pass, the money will go a long way in maintaining, reconstructing, and repairing the city's roadways.

"We have 300 streets and they're in disrepair," Carpenter said. "A lot of communities are struggling with infrastructure deteriorating."

The city is hosting a series of community meetings for residents to ask questions about the levy and voice their opinion.

"We can explain the need, the current projects in progress, and how we plan to address our infrastructural problems," Carpenter said.

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 9 at Riverside City Hall at 6 pm. Another meeting is set for October 25 at Brantwood Elementary School.


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