Wood Heights campaigning for road tax

By Shawn Roney/Richmond News

The word is out about Wood Heights’ road tax proposal, according to City Clerk Sondra Kasserman.

“Information has gone out to the residents … twice,” Kasserman said during last Wednesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting at Wood Heights City Hall. “It will be going out again around the first of April.”

For those who might be unfamiliar with the proposal – known as Proposition 1 on the April 8 election ballot – residents are being asked to pay 30 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for repairing and maintaining city streets. Kasserman said last Thursday via e-mail that the proposal requires only a “simple majority” for approval, as is the case with Proposition 2 – a call for increasing the town’s sales tax.

One way the city has informed residents is through its community newsletter. In addition to written communication, board members such as Francine Gray have discussed the proposal with voters. While talking with a resident during last week’s board meeting, Gray stressed the importance of supporting the issue by saying that Wood Heights “has no money to work with on streets whatsoever” and that approving the proposal would “generate some revenue to get these streets taken care of.”

“Talk to your neighbors,” she told the resident. “Make sure they’re registered voters and get them out to say yes.”

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