Archive for Monday, January 12, 1998

HOW CAN A WASHBOARD ROAD BE FIXED? WHAT PERCENTAGE OF TAXES GO TO TOWNSHIPS THAT CARE FOR RURAL ROADS?

January 12, 1998

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What kind of equipment would it take to get the washboard out of the hill on 1450E Road? What percentage of taxes go to the townships that care for these rural roads?

A motor grader and blade would be the best bet, said Keith Browning of the Douglas County Public Works Department. The washboard effect is mainly caused by cars as they slow down over the road to stop or turn, he said.

Below are listed the townships' total mill levy, their general fund amount, the amount specific to their road fund and the amount specific to their special road fund. The difference between the road and special road funds is that the voters must approve collection of special road taxes and that money is mostly used to pay for road rock and equipment, although it can be used for maintenance. The road funds are mainly used for maintenance. If it needs to, a township may also use a portion of its general fund for road needs.

Some townships must also take care of noxious weeds, fire departments, libraries, township halls and special bonds with their share of the county tax levy.

Township -- Total mill levy/general fund/road fund/special road fund

Clinton -- 7.972/0.483/3.343/2.492

Grant -- 6.991/1.024/4.879/0

Kanwaka -- 22.776/0.447/7.155/9.993

Lecompton -- 19.804/1.794/3.635/9.914

Wakarusa -- 8.608/2.537/4.548/0

Eudora -- 23.115/0.707/4.368/9.996

Marion -- 17.958/2.846/7.083/7.995

Palmyra -- 15.811/1.323/4.126/8

Willow Springs -- 10.941/2.342/2.871/3.845

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