Blaine County Looks For Voter Support On Road Levy


By Brittany Cooper

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The May election is just around the corner and Blaine County hopes voters will support a road and bridge levy.

The county has worked with a consultant to create a transportation plan evaluating all the county roads and prioritizing them.

They look at need, plus which ones are due for repair or reconstruction.

According to county officials, the roads are evaluated on a remaining service life, or RSL, between one and 20 years. 60% of these roads are at or below 7 on that scale.

"I've lived in Blaine County for a very long time and I live in a rural part of the county. I take both paved and gravel roads to and from work every day... And many of those roads have been in need of reconstruction for a long time."

Blaine has relied solely on fuel taxes for many years, set back in the mid–90's, but revenue has not kept pace with the need, according to the county.

The temporary 2–year levy will be funded in 2015 and 16.

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