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Panel formed to advise city on use of 1 percent money

Panel formed to advise city on use of 1 percent money

Dec 11, 2012 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Fix Our Roads Citizen Committee has been established by the Riverton City Council, and members are being sought.

Anyone interested in discussing and working toward using the coming 1 percent sales tax revenue for improvements to the city's streets is being asked to contact city administrator Steven Weaver or Mayor Ron Warpness.

Voters in November approved the optional 1 percent sales tax for a four-year period starting in 2013.

The approved resolution states that the committee will be dedicated to assist in the improvement of "infrastructure projects related to streets, roads, bridges, water and sewer utilities."

Information and suggestions from the committee will be passed on to the mayor and city council.

Public services director Bill Urbigkit told the council that the sooner the committee was put together, the sooner it could begin the planning and budgeting process.

He said the tax revenue wouldn't start coming in until May or June 2013, so it would be helpful to have plans ready before then.

"If we don't start planning out projects until the first of July, we will get nothing done in 2013," Urbigkit said.

Councilman Richard Gard said he felt more responsibility should be given to the council so that some of the major projects could be carried out.

"If we do a poor job on this, this is going to go away in four years," Gard said.

He also feared some on the committee may mostly be interested on fixing the roads outside their own homes rather than more-pressing problems.

The city staff wants only volunteers who can make a serious, ongoing commitment to contact the staff. The mayor also said the committee members would be given the opportunity to inquire about the distribution of the funds. The staff hopes to select a certain number of members to cover a wide range of interests from different areas of the city.

Approximately $1.8 million is expected annually from the 1 percent sales tax. Collection of the added tax begins April 1.

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