By Phil Ronnerud
Road Districts come in several flavors. One district is strictly for maintenance, another is for improving roads; sometimes a County needs to annex a road into their system.
All districts are created by residents to improve the infrastructure and all are locally funded through a portion of their property tax.
Improved roads increase property value, decrease dust, control drainage and resulting erosion. The cost is a burden to property owners and traffic speeds will increase as roads are improved.
Prior to Statehood the same questions about roads were debated as they are today. Who should pay for roads, the maintenance, and how to equitably distribute limited funds? The needs continue to be far greater than the money available.
Voters approve HURF
To illustrate the interest in roads, Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF) were placed in Arizona’s constitution by the voters! The use of these funds has been discussed and cussed ever since.Continue reading