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1 MONONGALIA COUNTY SERVICE FEE PRESENTATION MONONGALIA COUNTY SERVICE FEE PRESENTATION January 29, 2008 Presentation of the County Commission’s Service Fee Advisory Board to the Public Stephen M. LaCagnin, Chairman

2 LEGISLATION OVERVIEW SB 673 sponsored and supported by local legislators and approved by Governor Manchin County Infrastructure Improvement Bill (SB 673)  Provides legal authority to propose a rate for a service fee and infrastructure projects through referendum process  Service fee can be used exclusively to construct: Roads Water treatment facilities Waste treatment facilities Storm water facilities Sewer systems

3 LEGISLATION OVERVIEW, cont. All actions (rate for service fee and specified projects) must be ratified by the voters Monongalia County is the model for this legislation  The cost of maintaining, operating and improving roads in West Virginia exceeds $1 billion annually  While the cost increases, the funds decrease  Growth is exceeding infrastructure investment

4 Increase in Jobs in Mon Co. ** Source WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research

5 Mon/Preston Co. Population Growth ** Source WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research

6 VERY little spent on infrastructure ** Source WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research

7 Commuting to Work Patterns: Monongalia County Source: 2000 U.S. Census Data compiled by WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research

8 FACTS Monongalia County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of West Virginia Monongalia County has the lowest rate of unemployment in the state of West Virginia Gas Tax assessed to all 55 counties funds more miles of state-maintained roads than any other state in the nation About 28% of workers in Monongalia County do not live within the county

9 RECOMMENDATIONS Implement a $2.00 / week service fee for every worker in Monongalia County to improve roads in this county. The funds collected will complete 18 improvement projects to existing roads and highways throughout the county. Coordinate projects with priorities established by the Greater Morgantown MPO  Projects should be dedicated to road construction and alleviating traffic challenges throughout the County

10 RECOMMENDATIONS, cont. Service fees will leverage federal and state matching funds  Endorsed by federal and state government leaders  Will allow greater ability to address traffic problems Hold Special Election- February 2, 2008  Every month vote is delayed, construction costs increase  Losses that will accrue from delay will far outweigh the cost of special election  Service fee will be implemented July 1, 2008 to allow time for the establishment of necessary collection tools Utilize available resources from WV Office of the Treasury and E-Government

11 FINANCING All fees collected are to be used ONLY for the projects that the VOTERS specify and approve The fee will be discontinued after the projects are completed How the money will be used:  Bond Financing  Pay-as-you-go Projects

12 PROJECT LISTS PROJECT LISTS Priorities throughout Monongalia County Presented by Chet Parsons, Executive Director Greater Morgantown MPO

13 What is an MPO? Mandated by Federal law Develops long range plans for a region Recently adopted a 2030 Plan (12/06)  70 public meetings in 2 years  Citizen-driven Estimates show 300,000+ trips added by 2030 (a 47% increase)

14 Project Listing DescriptionImprovement CostCumulative Cost Beechurst Avenue Widening Phase 1 & 2$9,184,000 West Run Road - Widen to 3 lanes$9,670,000$18,854,000 Van Voorhis Performance Upgrade$3,510,000$22,364,000 Beechurst Avenue Widening Phase 3$12,800,000$35,164,000 US 19 Westover (Holland Avenue) Performance Upgrade $6,000,000$41,164,000 Town Center Road (Osage Road) Performance Upgrade $100,000$41,264,000 Green Bag Road Widening$9,400,000$50,664,000 WV 705 Performance Upgrade$1,070,000$51,734,000 Morgantown Airport Business Park Access Road $1,000,000$52,734,000

15 Project Listing DescriptionImprovement CostCumulative Cost Beechurst Avenue Widening Phase 4,5, & 6$15,400,000$68,134,000 University Avenue Performance Upgrade / Grumbein’s Island Grade Separation $8,450,000$76,584,000 Inner Loop (WV 705 to Hartman Run Road)$27,310,000$103,894,000 Pineview Drive Performance Upgrade$2,190,000$106,084,000 Collins Ferry Road Performance Upgrade$1,380,000$107,464,000 Beechurst Avenue Widening Phase 7$28,200,000$135,664, Connector / Falling Run Corridor right- of-way $21,660,000$157,324, Connector$67,216,902$224,540,902 Falling Run Corridor$51,876,150$276,417,052 Mileground Performance Upgrade$4,270,000$280,687,052

16 Bond Projects Estimated $50-$55 million available for immediate use Can be used as soon as administration procedures are in place (6-9 months from voter’s approval)

17 Beechurst Phased Widening Phase 1 & 2: Improve through lanes at S. University Ave & Westover Bridge, Widen University Ave to five lanes up to Walnut Street Install southbound right turn lane onto Westover Bridge Provide bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities CN: 3 yrs

18 West Run Road Widening Upgrade corridor to include two 11-ft lanes plus a center turn lane or turn lane pockets as appropriate CN: 2 yrs

19 Add lane capacity at key intersections to reduce bottlenecks and congestion: Chestnut Ridge Road /Burroughs Street, Killarney Drive to Wedgewood Drive, and at West Run Road Add bicycle and pedestrian facilities CN: 3 yrs Van Voorhis Performance Upgrades

20 Beechurst Phased Widening Phase 3: Widen University Ave to five lanes and extend southbound right turn lane from Walnut Street to Fayette Street Provide bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities CN: 3 yrs

21 US 19 Westover Performance Upgrade Add a center turn lane for the section from DuPont Road through Park Avenue to address the numerous driveways and short blocks. CN: 3 yrs

22 Town Center Road - Osage Road Performance Upgrade Update Town Center development impacts and signal timing Remove frontage road access to US19/WV19 intersection CN: < 1 yr

23 Green Bag Road Widening Install center turn lane from Sabraton to South University Blvd Improve safety at intersections Provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities CN: 2 yrs

24 WV 705 Performance Upgrade Adjust signal timing to reflect best case for peak hour traffic Identify intersection improvements to reduce congestion Add bicycle and pedestrian facilities and crossings CN: 2 yrs

25 Pay-As-You-Go Projects Can be accumulated to fund additional projects as listed in the priority ranking Likely to start at $1.3 million in first year, and grow to $4 million annually over the 30-year period

26 Beechurst Phased Widening Phase 4,5 & 6: Widen Beechurst Ave to five lanes from Fayette St to Hough St Widen Beechurst Ave to four lanes from Hough St to Campus Dr and add a southbound left turn lane onto Fayette St Reconstruct Campus Dr intersection Provide bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities

27 University Avenue / Grumbein’s Island Performance Upgrade Turn lanes, signal improvements and crosswalk enhancements Overpass / underpass concept at Mountainlair

28 New corridor connection from WV 705 to Sabraton Revised circulation pattern in Sabraton Interchange at WV 705 Multi-use trail along one side of corridor Inner Loop

29 Pineview Drive Performance Upgrade Intersection improvements to address congestion and turning movements

30 Collins Ferry Road Performance Upgrade Turn lane installations at Aspen St and Burroughs St Intersection improvement at University Ave to allow for continuous flow i.e. a roundabout

31 Beechurst Phased Widening Phase 7: Widen Beechurst Ave to five lanes from Campus Drive to 8th Street Provide bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities

32 705 Connector 4-lane median divided arterial Limited access, higher speed facility Interchange at existing 705

33 Falling Run Corridor 4-lane median divided arterial Limited access, higher speed facility Intersection at Beechurst Ave

34 Mileground Performance Upgrade Access management - driveway consolidation Optimize signals Improve bicycle- pedestrian facilities

35 Funded Projects

36 What other funding tools were assessed? State / Federal funds (traditional): decreasing Toll roads: legislative action, political support Tax Increment Financing: legislative action, political support Impact Fees: planning/zoning/building permits countywide Local gas tax: legislative action, political support

37 Who pays the fee? All individuals who work in Monongalia County (mandated by state statute) Includes full-time employees, part-time employees, and self-employed individuals Employees with more than one job do not pay the fee more than once Minimum wage workers are not exempt Retirees are not required to pay the fee Students who work will be required to pay the fee

38 Conclusion- How it affects you Better roads mean easier access to healthcare and emergency services Better roads mean more employment opportunities  Higher earnings and increase in commerce  Retain students to contribute to local job market This is an opportunity for us to take leadership in solving our own road problems and traffic congestion  The Service Fee offers democracy at its best because voters decide on the fee and projects  Money stays in Monongalia County


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