Cañon City voters approved a 1% increase in the City sales tax rate during the November 2016 election. The revenue generated from this sales tax will (A) solely be used by law for the purposes of repairing, reconstructing, and maintaining the streets in our City (B) cannot be spent on increasing internal government spending (C) will sunset in ten years and (D) will be subject to an independent audit and report that will be openly available to the public.
Based on a pavement study, 67% (66 miles) of City streets are beyond basic repair and maintenance and require repair or complete reconstruction, 8% (8 miles) are in fair condition, and 25% (25 miles) are satisfactory to excellent and only require on-going maintenance. As a result, Cañon City’s streets have a very poor Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating of 37 while the national average is 66.
Cañon City has a current and detailed strategic plan to repair and reconstruct our streets up to national standards. The 1% sales tax increase will generate a $3.5 million/year fund exclusively dedicated to contracting out street repair and replacement projects in Cañon City.
On April 17, 2017, the City Council awarded Kiewit Infrastructure the Design/Build Street Improvement Project (Referendum #2A). The team is beginning the design process, surveying, locating current utilities, and moving some utilities in preparation for construction activities to begin in June. The team will be scheduling an Open House with more information about the project in early June so be looking for more information about that. This will be the first summer of road improvement construction funded by Referendum 2A.