If you would like to request a public (capital) improvement, click on the link below. Please read the following prior to making your request to make sure it fits the qualifications.
A capital improvement is defined in the City's budget as "a permanent addition to the City's fixed assets of major importance and cost." Under this definition, a capital improvement could include land acquisition, construction, reconstruction, renovation, demolition, equipment and studies necessary to perform the actual project. A capital improvement should have the following characteristics:
- It serves an essential public purpose
- It has a long, useful life or significantly extends the useful life of an existing fixed asset
- It is comparatively expensive and is not of routine nature
- It is fixed in place or stationary
- It is related to government functions and expenditures
- It is a usual responsibility of a local government.
Examples of eligible projects would include:
- Curbs and gutters
- Park or street improvements
- Drainage improvements.
Although sidewalk projects are capital improvements, sidewalks are the responsibility of the abutting property owners. Before the sales tax was passed by the voters, property owners paid for improvements to their sidewalks, and to be fair, they continue to pay for those improvements. The City can arrange for replacement of sidewalks, and the property owner is then billed for the expense. The property owner has the option to repay the cost over a ten-year period at a reasonable interest rate much like a loan.
Examples of projects ineligible for the sales tax would include:
- Weed cutting
- Water/sewer lines
- Codes inspections.
Request a public improvement project that is eligible for funding by the sales tax. Please submit a form for each project or problem, and fill out the form completely. Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2013. Thank you for your input.