XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The city of Xenia is asking voters to approve a 3.5 mill levy for street repairs, on the upcoming November ballot.
City officials say although they’ve made a lot of progress in getting streets repaved, more work and more money is needed.
It’s issue number 11 on the ballot.
Driver Alan Barone said it’s something he’d support.
“Yeah, I would,” he said. “Great. Because it’s dangerous to have potholes – especially at night, you can’t see them very well.”
The levy would generate $1.3 million annually, according to assistant city manager Jared Holloway, who says the city has heard its fair share of complaints about the roads.
“We have heard from our citizens, residents, community folk that the streets are not to an acceptable condition,” Holloway said.
It’s a problem that’s not limited to Xenia. Holloway says statewide funding cuts have left many jurisdictions scrambling to find revenue for street repairs.
Together with the $500,000 Xenia already pumps into its roads, annually, Holloway says the money from the levy will go a long way.
“We’ll continue to invest all the funds we currently have towards streets, as we have been for the past many years,” Holloway. “But this is additional funds to put towards streets, above and beyond what we’re currently investing.”
Barone: “I really appreciate the work they’re putting in for fixing the roads because after a hard winter, the roads can be in pretty bad shape.”