UPDATE: Issue 11 was not passed by Xenia Voters on November 6, 2018. A total of 8,436 votes were cast with 3,916 voting in favor and 4,520 voting against the levy.
Issue 11 provides for the election of a 3.5 mill levy for the sole purpose of providing funds for street improvements.
The City of Xenia maintains a rotating Annual Street Program intended to fix and repair City streets. The City established this program following passage of a 0.5% income tax increase in 2010. The program fulfills a promise made to Xenia taxpayers during the tax levy campaign to invest at least $500,000 annually to fix our streets. The City has exceeded this goal, having spent well in excess of $500,000 per year on street rehabilitation since 2011. Most of the City's street dollars go to maintenance and resurfacing of neighborhood streets. Remaining local street funds serve as a local match for thoroughfare rehabilitation and safety improvements that are primarily funded by State/Federal grants.
The City of Xenia has a total of 281 lane miles. Based on current cost estimates, the average cost to improve one 11-foot wide lane is $116,000 (2" mill and fill). Since 2011, the City of Xenia has invested $6.8 million dollars to rehabilitate 72 lane miles. Even with a $500,000 or more investment each year, it is not enough to improve the overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating for Xenia streets. To improve the City's overall PCI rating from its current rating of 61 to a satisfactory rating of 71 or above, additional investment is necessary. In response to the overall street conditions, Xenia City Council commissioned a "Blue Ribbon Panel" aka Street Solutions Committee earlier this year to discuss ways to improve the condition of all Xenia's thoroughfares and neighborhood streets. The committee presented its recommendations to City Council on May 8, 2018 (see minutes linked below).
If approved, the levy will cost $10.21 per month for those owning a home valued at $100,000 and will generate $1.3 million annually. With the $500,000 already being invested, a total of $1.8 million would be invested annually in streets.
City staff has already developed a number of informative materials regarding street improvements. Please click on the links below to learn more:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Issue 11, please do not hesitate to contact the City Manager's Office at 376-7231.
ISSUE 11 BALLOT LANGUAGE
On November 6, 2018, electors in the City of Xenia will be asked to vote on the following approved ballot language for Issue 11 per the Greene County Board of Elections: