Kingman City Council to Consider Sales Tax Hike on 2022 Ballot | The Miner Kingman Miner

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KINGMAN — The source of funding for the pavement preservation project may be ballots from Kingman voters on Nov. 8.

On Tuesday, July 5, Kingman City Council will vote on adding a November 8 ballot to raise the sales tax to fund the pavement preservation project. The council does not have the power to raise the sales tax without voter approval.

According to the agenda, sales tax is being considered due to tourism, which is one of Kingman’s main sales tax avenues and allows visitors to foot part of the bill. At the May City Council workshop meetings, staff also proposed a property tax.

However, the sales tax would also raise funds from tourists who also use the roads. At the meeting, the board could consider including an “expensive” option for taxable items.

If approved, the city would raise approximately $5.5 million per year over 10 years, which will be used to repair, maintain and improve city streets. According to the agenda, the recommended tax increase is 0.52%.

Sales tax is currently 8.1%, of which 2.5% goes to the city. If voters approve an increase, it would push the city’s rate up to 3.02%.

To repair and maintain the current cobblestone streets, city staff proposed a seven- to ten-year plan to repair the city’s cobblestone streets. Nearly 50% of the roads in the network are considered “bad”. Staff expressed the goal of bringing the average of all residential roads to a pavement condition index of 70 out of 100.

The score is currently 50 PCI due to the increase in new residential roads. However, without the new additions, residential roads drop to 39 PCI.

To establish and maintain a pavement preservation program, the total cost over 10 years would be over $100 million. The city’s general fund, Road User Revenue Fund, and restaurant and bar funds would also help pay for the program.

The Board will also decide whether to accept an Arizona Criminal Justice Commission grant to the Kingman Police Department on behalf of the Mohave Area General Narcotics Team. The grant amounts to $336,832 with a required match of $84,208.

In February 2021, the council hired Ritoch-Powell & Associates to prepare plans for the first phase of the East Street design, which is 90% complete. Council will decide whether to make a contract amendment to redesign traffic lights for video detection cameras.

The original plan was to install a vehicle detection inductive loop for signal control at the new intersection of Airway Avenue and Eastern Street. The upgrade cannot exceed $4,750 in cost. The budget includes $85,000 for the project.

Also on the agenda, the board will hear reports on the Mohave County Fairgrounds. County staff proposed moving the fairgrounds to the Golden Valley area, which received mixed reviews from community members. The proposed area is 376 acres, more than the 76 acres on which the current facility sits.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors recently established a Fairgrounds Needs Assessment Committee comprised of fairground stakeholders to determine its needs. However, committee members said it may not be big enough, noting that the rodeo space alone could take up 200 acres.

The Council will also hear a report on water resources, particularly in relation to the Hualapai Valley Basin Aquifer.

Water for the town of Kingman comes from a sub-basin of the aquifer. A US Geological Survey study found, and data from Mohave County confirmed, that new farms in the area are causing a water deficit.

USGS findings showed that 5,600 acre-feet of water were being pumped out, but not being recharged to the basin. One acre-foot equals approximately 326,000 gallons of water. The 2017 study, released in 2021, observed an annual deficit of 30,900 acre-feet, a massive jump from previous findings.

A water level of 1,200 feet has been established as the “Adequate Assured” water level. However, if it reaches this level, new wells will soon be needed to reach a depth of 2,000 feet. The water could reach the water level of 1,200 feet in 50 to 140 years depending on the measures taken to remedy the water deficit.

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