2020 Street Levy



Property Tax Levy for Repairs of Riverside Residential Streets

The Riverside City Council voted to place a 5 year/5-mill property tax levy on the November 3rd ballot to address repairing of residential streets.  These tax dollars will be used to repair residential streets in our City.

In 2018 and 2019, the City placed an 8-mill/Continuous levy on the ballot to provide funds for residential streets and major thoroughfare repair.  Both times the levy failed.  The residents voting no said 8-mills was too much and the levy should be limited in time.

Staff worked on devising a plan to repair the streets, while asking for less money from the voters, applying it specifically to residential streets. The 5-mill/5-year levy will generate approximately $1.2 million dollars in each of the 5 years.  This money will be used to repair the streets in neighborhoods beginning with the lowest overall pavement condition index.

At the same time, the City will coordinate infrastructure repairs with Montgomery County Environmental Services. The City benefits by collaborating with Montgomery County Environmental Services, utilizing their ability to apply and receive OPWC grants to reduce costs.

Riverside has 307 Residential Streets and 23 named plats.

174 Streets (57%) have a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating of 55 or below, meaning they need paved now.

Here is the breakdown:

PCI 10-19: 1
PCI 20-29: 9
PCI 30-39: 32
PCI 40-49: 95
PCI 50-55: 37

In 2020, it would cost approximately $18 million to pave the 174 streets needing paved now not including curb, drive or sidewalk repair or total reconstruction. This cost goes up each year due to inflation. PCI values continue to decline each year on average by 3 points.

With this plan, fifteen (15) plats are paved over ten years.

Worst to Best Plats:

  1. Tall Oaks $1,000,000
  2. Penn $1,200,000
  3. Forest Ridge $2,250,000
  4. Byesville $700,000
  5. Old Riverside $900,000
  6. Wagon Wheel $1,000,000
  7. Bayside (W) 2023 $1,250,000
  8. Northern Circle $250,000
  9. Delhi $500,000
  10. Richland  $900,000
  11. Tulip and Leising  $350,000
  12. Avondale $3,250,000
  13. Lynnhaven (W) 2022 $1,100,000
  14. Saville $1,350,000
  15. Beverly Gardens (W) 2024   $1,250,000

Plat Map

Street Levy FAQ

How is this year’s street levy different from years past?
This year’s levy addresses residential streets only. All 5 mills would be used exclusively for residential streets. In past levies, we were asking for 8 mills which included thoroughfares. Other funding will be sought for thoroughfares as many are eligible for grants and loans. Residential streets are not eligible for public grants and loans with one exception. If we can team with Montgomery County Environmental on waterline line projects, we can get partial grants. Currently we have a grant for Lynnhaven Plat.

What residential streets are planned in 2021 without a levy?  
No residential streets are planned to be paved in 2021 because of a large project on the Harshman Wall. The wall is decaying and causing safety issues. Funds that would typically be spent on both thoroughfares and residential streets will now need to be used to repair the wall.

What does gas tax pay for?
For more information on what gas tax is used for, please click here.

What will this levy cost me?
Although each homeowner’s cost will be different, based on the appraised value of their home, Resident’s can view an example here.

Why by plat and not by worse to best street?
The reason we do not do worst to first streets first but rather worst plat first, is the $5000 setup cost per street. In the first 5 years we plan to pave on average 30 streets per year. By doing worst plats first, it saves $150,000 per year or $750,000 over 5 years.

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