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Would $3 Billion Pay to Fix Your Street?

Take a look at the road condition maps for Highland Park.

Would $3 Billion Pay to Fix Your Street? Would $3 Billion Pay to Fix Your Street?

Now that the Los Angeles City Council has delayed action to put a $3 billion street repair bond issue on the May ballot, just which streets would be in line for repair in Highland Park. A look at the map above will help you find your street.

Los Angeles is more than 60 years behind in necessary street repairs, according to Councilmen Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino, who are proposing the bond issue. There is a good chance that your street is among the nearly 9,000 miles of thoroughfares, according to the Bureau of Street Services, are crumbling and in need of resurfacing.

Maps released by the Bureau of Street Services show that while North Figueroa Street is mostly in good condition, there are two extended stretches of York Boulevard in need of repair. The stretch near Avenue and Eagle Rock Boulevard and the stretch between Mesa Avenue and the Arroyo Seco Parkway are listed as being in the worst condition.

If approved, owners of a $350,000 home would pay $119 per year in added property taxes over the course of the 29 years it would take the city to pay off the debt. The tax on a property's assessed value would start low and increase as the city borrows more heavily to fund the street repairs, with the rate eventually declining as the city stops borrowing more money. A two-thirds popular vote would be needed for it to pass.

The delay came at the urging of Neighborhood Councils who bemoaned the lack of advance notice and discussion about the bond issue. It was announced last Friday in order to meet a Jan. 30 ballot deadline. And City Council President Herb Wesson Wednesday agreed that the plan lacked public outreach to gain support from the city's 95 Neighborhood Councils.

A website has been launched to explain the need for the bond issue. Click here for an overview of Neighborhood Council street assessments undertaken by the Bureau of Street Services.

Englander and Buscaino say the bond measure is necessary because the city cannot afford on its own the estimated $300 million annual cost to fix some 8,700 lane-miles of damaged streets. The city budget for the current fiscal year is running a deficit and legislators will be tasked with closing an estimated $216-million budget hole for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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— City News Service contributed to this report.

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