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Grundy County - 10 cent gas tax to increase

February 28, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

A 10 cent increase in Iowa's gasoline and diesel taxes was approved and passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor Terry Branstad which took effect on March 1, 2015. Due to surplus fuel inventories at the time, it took several more months before the gas tax increase was realized by city, county and the state. It will generate an estimated $200 million annually for city, county and state road and bridge projects. The Legislatures designated the 10 cent gas tax increase exclusively for critical road and bridge construction projects that significantly extend the life of those assets.

Grundy County is expected to receive approximately $500,000 per year for local construction projects from the gas tax increase. Immediate projects that have been completed last summer (due to gas tax increase) are; 5 (five) concrete culvert replacements on County Road T-13 north of D17 to Highway 57, cost = $170,000; 6 (six) concrete bridge deck repairs located on T53, T55 and T65, cost = $100,000. Due to only having several months of receipts from the gas tax increase, limited projects were able to be completed last summer.

For the past 15 years Grundy County could not maintain a construction program to keep up with its continually deteriorating infrastructure and thus were falling behind in funding needed and critical projects. Numerous bridge and road projects have been delayed or postponed due to increased construction costs with limited available funding. The last gas tax increase was in 1989. Grundy County load restricted bridges grew from 36 bridges (2000) to the current 41 bridges (2015). It cost on an average $500,000 - $600,000 to replace a bridge in Grundy County. Also, Grundy County has approximately 340 bridges to maintain in the county. Grundy County has approximately 200 miles of hard surfaced roads and Grundy County should be resurfacing 10 miles of road annually to maintain a 20 year service life. Grundy County has been resurfacing on an average, less than 4 miles per year of road at a cost of $275,000 per mile.

Projects that have been accelerated or added to the FY2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) Construction Program are; bridge replacement on G Ave between 150th and 160th St., cost = $575,000; culvert replacement on 242nd St west of Grundy Rd, cost = $30,000. Culvert replacement on N Ave ? mile south of 330th St, cost = $30,000 (joint project with Tama County). There will be additional bridge and road projects that will be accelerated or added to the proposed 5 year construction program and will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for their approval. The 10 cent gas tax increase has positively affected Grundy County Secondary Roads and Bridges which helps our local economy including farmers, citizens and local motorists. There is still a shortfall in funding of critical road and bridge projects but that funding gap is getting closer to the needs.

 
 

 

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