Nassau Bay takes aim at bad streets
With the help of a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters, Nassau Bay officials are setting their sights on repairing some beaten-up streets in the city.
Nassau Bay voters on Nov. 2 overwhelmingly agreed to renew the special sales tax by a vote of 1,236 for to 228 against. Revenues from the sales tax will be used exclusively for street repairs.
A city appointed street committee is meeting regularly to prioritize the streets in most need of repairs.
Their recommendations will be forwarded to Nassau Bay City Council, which will give the final green light, said City Manager Chris Reed.
"It's a tremendous tool," Reed said. "It gives us the ability to maintain our city streets without the entire burden being on property owners because the source of revenues comes from the sales tax."
Reed said it's difficult to determine how much the measure will generate for the city "because our sales tax is up and down right now."
Given some new developments under construction in Nassau Bay, the sales tax could generate up to $90,000 annually for the city, he said.
The biggest new development is Nassau Bay Town Square at Saturn and Nassau Parkway.
When it's built out over the next five years, the development will be home to offices, retail and multi-family residential units, as well as a hotel, conference center and restaurants.
A section of the development on the east side of Saturn is already open, and construction on the west side is slated to begin in early 2011, Reed said.
David Braun, chairman of the Nassau Bay Street Committee, said the quarter-cent sales tax will speed up much-needed street repairs in the city.
"Most of our streets are cement, most are 40 to 50 years old, and some of them are showing their signs (of disrepair)," Braun said.
"We've been trying to replace sections of street, sometimes several sections."
During the past eight years, the city has made good progress on street work "so we've really gotten ahead of the curve,' Braun said.
"I'm just happy to see that the voters saw the value in extending the sales tax for another four years."
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