Community speaks on street maintenance fee

ABILENE, TX - A proposed charge ruffled some feathers in the Abilene community.

It’s a street maintenance fee.

Some are for the fee, but others aren’t onboard.

Abilene city staff said the fee is a vehicle needed to repair deteriorating roads.

This goal is to raise $10.3 million annually.

That’s something Mayor Anthony Williams wants to change.

"I feel uncomfortable with 10.3 and would like us to have an opportunity to make a reduction in that regards,” said Williams.

To reach this, a charge would be added to the water bill of residents, schools, churches and businesses.

City Council could call a special election to ask voters if they want to dedicate a portion of sales tax to raise money for road repairs.

Two councilmen were for this.

After the discussion, a motion for a November election for the fee failed. 

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