The proposed budget for the City of Bloomington includes spending $3.5 million on street repairs. But, City Manager David Hales says there's a backlog of $40-50 million in needed road work. And to do that in a reasonable time, Hales says, the city may need to look at new revenue such as raising the utility tax.
Hales says the utility tax in Bloomington is 2.5%. In Normal it is 5%. Other sources could include growth in sales tax money or a local option gasoline tax. Hales says, though, with gas prices as high as they are, that source could be unlikely. Hales says there is no particular timetable for finding additional money to do street repairs. He says that will emerge from public debate of the question. hales also raises the possibility of reallocating city money if the council decides municipal government should get out of some lines of business.
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