Managing local traffic is a major concern for residents. According to the 2015 Community Attitudes Survey, half are dissatisfied with the amount of congestion, and one in four is dissatisfied with the condition of Delaware streets. Moving Delaware Forward is City Council’s vision to take care of the basics and allow our transportation system to keep pace with a growing city.
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Street maintenance and resurfacing: In an average year, we resurface a little over 1 mile of local streets. At this rate the majority of streets will deteriorate to an unacceptable condition long before being included in a resurfacing program. Moving Delaware Forward will quadruple the amount of dollars allocated to resurfacing neighborhood streets. Residents surveyed also said traffic signal timing is an issue; the plan calls for optimizing timing, and increasing parking capacity.
Transportation improvements: Proposed are projects that reduce congestion and improve the overall efficiency of our street network. City Council, with community input, has identified priority projects out of more than 50.
Our ability to maintain the current transportation system is not sustainable given funding levels. City Council is proposing an income tax increase to pay for Moving Delaware Forward. Our income tax rate would increase 0.15-percent, from 1.85 percent to 2.0 percent. For a family household income of $50,000 a year, the new rate would cost about $75 additionally per year, or roughly $6 per month. The additional tax would generate about $2.2 million annually and be combined with what already is being spent on transportation – about $1,920,000 per year – for a total amount of $4,120,000.
After nearly 25 meetings over the course of several months with residents, neighborhood groups and civic organizations, as well as multiple public hearings, City Council in July voted to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Members and staff can be reached in the following ways:
- Carolyn Kay Riggle, Mayor, At-Large 740-815-5876
- Kent Shafer, Vice Mayor, At-Large 740-602-1420
- George Hellinger, At-Large 740-972-1750
- Chris Jones, 1st Ward 740-417-1554
- Lisa Keller, 2nd Ward 740-362-2178
- Joe DiGenova, 3rd Ward 740-369-7788
- Kyle Rohrer, 4th Ward 740-816-3786
- Tom Homan, City Manager 740-203-1010