Springfield bond measure proposed to fix roads

Springfield voters will have the final say on a $10 million road repair bond measure that city leaders said is needed to fix crippling road conditions.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2018 5:53 PM
Updated: Oct. 29, 2018 4:47 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield voters will have the final say on a $10 million road repair bond measure that city leaders said is needed to fix crippling road conditions.

Victoria Doyle, a member of Springfield’s Citizen Budget Committee, is passionate about saying "yes" to Measure 20-296.

"We as citizens of Springfield have an obligation and we have the ability to control what happens in our city,” Doyle said.

Doyle said damage on the roads may not be obvious or visible, but she said if you look closely, you can see wear and tear.

She said this could lead to bigger and more expensive problems down the road.

The measure proposes to raise $10 million for road repairs.

The money would pay for eight roads in Springfield, including parts of 42nd street, Mohawk Blvd. and Highbbanks road.

City officials said the average Springfield property owner would see their taxes increase about $79 per year.

Doyle said some community members are concerned the money won't go where it's promised.

She said that is just not an option.

"It cannot happen,” she said. “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."

If passed, the pay-off will span over a five-year period.

The election is Nov. 6.

To learn more about the measure, click here.

To join Doyle and other community members in an open discussion about the measure, click here.

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