Proposed Street Project Sales Tax
Continue to visit this page each week as we will add to our FAQ as more questions are received, and we will continue to add educational information regarding the proposed increase.
What is it?
On November 2, 2021, Dodge City voters will have an opportunity to consider a one-half-cent, or 0.5%, retail sales tax increase dedicated to transportation improvements, including the rehabilitation, construction and reconstruction of streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, trails, transit facilities, bicycle lanes, traffic signalization, signage, landscaping along rights-of-way, and all related improvements. The sales tax increase is proposed to be in effect for 10 years.
Over the past few years, public input has told us that the residents, business owners and visitors want to see more work done on our streets. If the voters approve the proposed increase, more street work can begin in 2022.
To learn more about what is proposed and how the funds will be used if the sales tax is renewed, please click this link to read the Frequently Asked Questions. Or you can click here to view an educational presentation.
Click here to watch our video Question and Answer events. Videos will automatically appear as more sessions take place.
To learn more about the November 2, 2021 election in Ford County and Dodge City, click here to visit the Ford County Election website.
Where will the funds go?
By law, the funds from the sales tax increase would only be able to go to street-related projects. Engineering staff has developed a project plan for the projected funds of the proposed sales tax revenue if passed by the voters. View the plan here.
Where has street funding been going?
Currently, the street maintenance budget for residential streets ranges from approximately $300,000-$500,000 per year, with an additional $1-$1.5 million of debt issued for additional City/Highway modernization and expansion projects.
|Street Maintenance Budget Breakdown|
|Concrete Street Repair||$ 100,000|
|Brick Street Repair||$ 80,000|
|Traffic Signal Improvements/Repairs||$ 90,000|
|Pavement Markings||$ 50,000|
|Sidewalk Construction||$ 50,000|
|Large Crack Sealing||$ 90,000|
|Small Crack Sealing||$ 40,000|
How does staff determine which streets will be funded?
We rely heavily on citizen input to help identify street conditions. In addition, we use traffic counts and a tool called a Pavement Condition Index to grade the asphalt street conditions in order to help us determine priorities.
To suggest a street for maintenance funds, please submit a form through our RequestTracker here.