By jeanne starmack
Voters in Campbell are going to decide whether to approve new taxes for street paving.
The city council is asking residents to approve a five-year, 3-mill levy that woud raise $197,285 a year just for paving.
The levy will cost the average homeowner with a $100,000 house $105 a year, according to the Campbell mayor’s office.
Mayor Bill VanSuch said the city council and administrators don’t yet know which roads or how many a year will be paved.
“We don’t have the streets designated,” he said. “If this levy passes, we’ll go on the drawing board.”
The city mainly has been patching potholes, which is a temporary fix, said VanSuch. “By the time winter’s over, our roads are the same as they were,” he said.
The city has been able to accomplish some paving in recent years. Twelfth Street was paved with federal stimulus money.
Portions of Sanderson, Penhale, Lettie and Maryknoll avenues also were paved in conjunction with other road projects, VanSuch said.
But grants aren’t easy to come by unless the city has matching funds available, said city council President George Levendis.
He said money the new levy generates would be earmarked for matching funds for grants.