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Q. - I am
curious to know why just about every street in Terrell is completely
torn up. The only street that is nice, of course, is newly paved
Are there plans to repave any streets in
town? I've been here for almost 2 years and have seen nothing done
Answer - Thanks for your inquiry.
First, I don’t think that anyone is satisfied with the condition
of many of our streets and it has been the subject of much discussion
at City Hall.
Some background. During the years of the recession we made the
decision to cut spending and live with the reduced revenue. Many
cities increased tax rates to make up for the decline in property
taxes. We believed that was not the thing to do in a terrible economy.
Street maintenance spending was significantly reduced.
Then comes the weather. The lack of street maintenance combined
with a record breaking drought followed by record rainfall wreaked
havoc on our streets and produced a lot of the deterioration you
We significantly increased our street maintenance budget for this
year. There will be a lot of work done once we get the weather
(warm and dry). Our property tax values are increasing by new development
and all of the restoration going on all over town. Increased revenue
will increase our ability to better fund street maintenance. It
is going to take some time, but our streets will be in good condition.
Hal Richards, Mayor