Opposition Forum Forms as Final Street User Fee Vote Nears
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
Some Coastal Bend Residents are voicing their concerns over the proposed street user fee designed to maintain our roads.
City officials plan to add --on average-- $7 per month to utility bills for residents.
Some businesses --depending on use-- could pay upwards of $600 per month.
Priscilla Leal is the only councilmember to vote against this fee and organized the meeting at Bar-B-Que Man Restaurant.
Assistant City Manager Oscar Martinez explained the money will go to decades of neglected roads.
"I can't think of any tax or rate that everybody would say is fair, that doesn't relieve us of the responsibility," Martinez said. "Tough challenge, close that gap. Maybe you don't like that, but you can accept it. If we can get that accomplished then we can invest in our streets and extend the quality of our community."
An opposition group has started to form boasting over 500 members.
A second reading will take place Tuesday before a final vote.