In an effort to create a stable source of funding to help support street maintenance, the Camas City Council is currently looking at a few different options.
The city has about 105 miles of paved roadways, ranging from major arterials to side streets.
For about the past three years road maintenance funding, approximately $300,000 in 2010, has been taken from the city’s Real Estate Excise Taxes. In previous years, the city has also contributed some of its general fund dollars to various road projects, and obtained grant funding.
According to Public Works Director Eric Levison, ideally a long-term stable funding source that provides approximately $600,000 annually is recommended to “hold the line” and maintain the bank of roads the city currently has in place.
Among the options that have been discussed to help boost revenues for this purpose is the formation of a “transportation benefit district,” a quasi-municipal organization and taxing district created to fund transportation improvements and maintenance.