Struthers seeking road levy

Struthers residents will be asked to pass a road levy in May.

City Council voted 7-0 on Wednesday to place a 3-mill, five-year road maintenance and repair levy on the May 6 primary ballot.

Mayor Terry Stocker said a study by MS Consultants showed 77 of the city’s 142 streets will need repaired within four years and 42 of those will need repaired within the next two years.

If passed, the levy will generate approximately $318,000 annually and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $100 more per year in property tax starting in 2015.

The MS Consultants study shows paving could cost $6 million to $7 million over the next 10 years.

Mayor Stocker said the city hasn’t asked voters for any tax increase in about 30 years, while the cost to resurface a mile of road has more than tripled in the past decade.

The legislation needs to be at the Mahoning County Board of Elections by Feb. 5 to make it on the May primary ballot.


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