It isn’t too difficult to find potholes in Utica.
“You know, there’s been places that have been ignored for 40 years, 45 years. There are people who live on their roads that haven’t had them paved in decades. They pay taxes just like the rest of us do, so I don’t think it’s fair for them not to have a road paved,” said Councilman Joe Marino.
Common Councilman Joe Marino says the city of Utica will be spending 5 million dollars every year for 15 years to re-pave every road in the city. that is 3 million more than the city has spent in years past.
“Since we are growing so much and we are putting our best foot forward, this piece of the puzzle has always been missing.So what that 5 million dollars will do is allow us to pave 14-15 miles of road a year. And that will allow us the 15 year cycle. that will really expound on economic development to a degree that I don’t think anybody in this community has ever seen. I’m really really excited about it.” Marino said.
The 3 million dollar increase will come from bonds.
“Well all the money is coming from the budget. It’s going to be a city run project completely–100 percent city run. And what we have been saying all along is that we have no intention on raising taxes to do it. ” Marino said. “So now in your existing taxes, there is now a set of money that is going towards infrastructure, where there hasn’t been in the past.”
But Mayor Palmieri says, he can’t promise that the tax payers will not have to pay for this project in the future.
“I’m not going to mislead the public. It won by referendum of the people. We will do everything in our power to make sure this works, but there will be a cost at some point,” said Mayor Palmeiri.