Smoother KC roads, as promised
The Kansas City Star
Mayor Sly James said this week that officials are going to be more serious about fixing the worst streets in Kansas City.
High fives all around. Residents have complained for years about the conditions of their pockmarked roads.
In the next few months, the city will use $3 million of extra funds to resurface about 30 miles of roads. The money will be spent in advance of collections from a new voter-approved half-cent sales tax that goes into effect in January.
The proposal to spend $3 million doubles the pitiful sum originally put aside in the current city budget for street maintenance.
The news gets better in 2013 — as long as James and the City Council keep the promises they made to voters during the tax election.
Overall, the city expects to set aside at least $18 million to fix roads in the next budget year, and perhaps $20 million or more if council members Russ Johnson and Jim Glover sway others to adopt their plan. Both have championed spending more on this initiative.
They are right to do so. Kansas Citians have bumped over and steered around inadequate streets long enough.