Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sides Split Over Who Should Do Road Work

A decision by Mayor David Condon to hire private sector construction crews for roadwork has some people riled up- especially a citizens advisory board that oversees the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) program. The TBD is a $20 license tab with money going to repairing streets and doing safety projects.
The board says there's too much work to get done to contract out and hiring City workers would be a better way to accomplish the volume of work that needs to be done. But city administration says the boards overestimating the work, and even if it doesn't get done on time, it will at least get done in 2013.
Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal wrote about this conundrum in yesterday's paper and talked to KHQ News about the situation.

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