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Nacogdoches' city manager proposes monthly street maintenance fee

The City of Nacogdoches has 144 miles of streets to maintain. (Source: KTRE Staff) The City of Nacogdoches has 144 miles of streets to maintain. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches Street Department workers repair a section of South Street due to broken city pipes under the street. When this  happens on state and federal roadways, city crews are responsible for the road repair. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches Street Department workers repair a section of South Street due to broken city pipes under the street. When this happens on state and federal roadways, city crews are responsible for the road repair. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches city management is proposing a monthly street maintenance fee to generate revenue that will make up a shortfall in designated street repair funds. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches city management is proposing a monthly street maintenance fee to generate revenue that will make up a shortfall in designated street repair funds. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Nacgodoches residents could be charged an additional fee come the first of the year. 

City management is proposing a street use fee. It's a move more cities are taking when facing costly street repairs.

The city manager is proposing a street maintenance fee tacked onto customer utility bills.

Nacogdoches has 144 miles of streets to maintain. Pothole patches and other repairs add up fast, putting the city in a financial hole. 

"We're concerned we will never get out of the hole and that we need to spend at least an additional half million dollars for a total of a million,” said Jim Jeffers, the city manager.

The city manager is proposing a street maintenance fee tacked onto customer utility bills.

"It's not traditional to see a fee for street maintenance on the bill,” Jeffers said. “It's something that's been around for maybe at least 10 years with some cities. We've never considered it until we saw that we have a problem and we need to find a way to address it."

Family residents would be charged $5, apartment dwellers, $2.50, commercial properties $7.50 and $15 for industrial properties. 

"That would generate about $600,000 a year,” Jeffers said. “Puts us well on our way to being able to better maintain our streets."

Another funding resource for paving projects, such as this one, is a property tax increase. City leaders say that would subject the city to a tax rollback election, something they like to avoid at all costs.

The goal is to stop postponing street projects which can lead to even higher costs due to inflation.

The roadway maintenance fee ordinance will be presented in first draft form to the Nacogdoches City Council Tuesday night. 

A final vote will take place in December. If it passes, the proposed fee will be charged starting in January. 

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