Buffalo Looking At Possible Special Purpose Tax For Roads

Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson
Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson

During his recent State Of The City Address, Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson said the city is looking at the possibility of going after a special-purpose tax to help pay for road maintenance.

Mayor Johnson said one of tha most common complaints to the city council is the poor condition of some of the city's streets and roads, but is is also one of the most expensive maintenance responsibilities the city has.

The city has identified West Fetterman from Burritt to Fort Street, Burritt Avenue from Fort Street to Angus Street and North DeSmet from Fort Street to Mathers Street Street as the next road priorities that need to be addressed soonest.
Mayor Johnson said those three projects alone will cost nearly $7 million to complete.

A special purpose tax has been discussed to help with the expense, according to the mayor.

Although no final decision has yet been made, the mayor believes the city will put the special-purpose tax on the ballot this fall.

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