SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A $10 million road repair bond measure looks to be passing in Springfield Tuesday night, and city leaders said the money is needed to fix crippling road conditions.
The bond has aquired 55 percent of the vote, with 45 percent voting against it.
Victoria Doyle, a member of Springfield’s Citizen Budget Committee, was passionate about saying “yes” leading into the election.
“We as citizens of Springfield have an obligation, and we have the ability to control what happens in our city,” Doyle said.
Doyle said the damage on the roads may not be obvious or visible, but if you look closely, you can see wear and tear, which could lead to bigger and more expensive problems down the road.
The money would pay for eight roads in Springfield, including parts of 42nd Street, Mohawk Boulevard and Highbanks Road.
City officials said the average Springfield property owner would see their taxes increase about $79 per year.
Doyle said some community members were concerned the money wouldn’t go where it’s promised, but she said that’s not an option.
“It cannot happen. When this money goes in, it has to be spent on those eight specific roads. It has to be spent exactly as the bond says and it cannot be made to happen again unless the voters approve it,” Doyle said.
The pay-off would span over a five-year period.