The Town of Buchanan is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the Town's 46 miles of roads & highways. The services range from pothole repairs in spring to rural ditch mowing in summer, to snow removal in the winter months. Maintenance crews also remove debris from the roads and ditches.
Have you noticed a missing street sign, drainage issue, or any other roadside problem that needs to be brought to our attention? If so, please contact the Town of Buchanan at (920) 734-8599 or report it via our online reporting tool.
In February 2018, the Town started evaluating the funding needs and options available for cost recovery related to the Town’s transportation system reconstruction and maintenance. The primary issue facing the Town is the cost of maintaining and reconstructing the 46 mile transportation system residents and visitors rely on daily has continued to increase, while the overall funding for these activities has not increased at a commensurate rate. At the same time, the Town has widespread stormwater drainage issues in the urbanized area of the Town.
As part of this discussion a study was undertaken to review the current state and different funding options available to address the ongoing local transportation needs for the community, see Transportation System Financing Report for additional details. The report was an effort to provide a framework to align future Town activities with the Town of Buchanan Comprehensive Plan 2040 objective to “provide a well maintained transportation network.”
The general objectives of the study were three-fold: (1) Ensure reliable and ongoing funding for the Town’s transportation system; (2) Recover transportation system related costs in a manner that is equitable to all users; and (3) Maintain fiscal discipline by being prudent stewards of all revenue sources.
The study found the following:
In order to meet the Annual Transportation Investment benchmark—$2,500,000 per year to reconstruct the transportation system in 35 years—all financial tools were reviewed. The only viable options available, in addition to what the Town currently collects, was a transportation utility fee and/or special assessments.
Simultaneously, a Drainage and Roadway Preliminary Engineering Study was conducted to identify drainage issues, schedule roadway and drainage improvements for the next 10 years for roadways in PASER Rating areas equal to or less than a 5 rating and a 10 year maintenance plan for roadways in PASER Rating areas equal to or greater than a 5 to maximize the lifespan of the road.
Based on these two studies, a host of discussions and public information meetings, the Town Board approved a 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan and sustainable funding for the Plan. The Plan calls for reconstruction or maintenance of approximately 23 miles over the length of the Plan. Next year the following roads are going to be improved: Eastowne Ct/Emons Rd (Eisenhower Dr to Pinecrest Blvd), Treeline Ct, Speel School Rd, Milky Way, Kebe Ct, Harvard Ct and Cornell Ct.
For the funding, there will be two additional sources directly impacting property owners. The first is a special assessment, which will be part of the funding for 2020 projects. A special assessment is a charge levied by a local government on real property to offset the cost of a capital improvement that directly benefits the property. A special assessment will be different based on the project, however on average it is estimated to be approximately $2,750. This is a one-time charge when the Town is reconstructing a road.
The other funding source is a transportation utility fee, which will be part of the 2019 Town tax bills. Similar to a water or sewer utility, a transportation utility recovers a specific set of operating and/or capital costs by charging a fee to users. The transportation utility fee has two components, a base fee and a trip generation fee. The former is based on the percentage of equalized value in the community, .i.e., residential and non-residential. Whereas, the latter is based on a weighted average trip generation rate by land use utilizing data collected by an industry accepted source, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual. The transportation utility fee for single family properties will be $315.29. For non-residential properties, it ranges from $189 to $8,400. This is an annual fee that will be included on property tax bills.
For the average assessed single family property ($227,700) in the Kimberly Area School District, including property taxes, stormwater and the transportation utility fee, the homeowner would pay $3,574, which is a $13 (0.4%) increase from 2018.
By meeting the Annual Transportation Investment Benchmark the Town is in a position to maintain and reconstruct the transportation system in a fair and equitable manner. The Town would like to thank residents who voted in the advisory referendum and participated in the public information meetings on this topic.
2020 Transportation Funding
|Stormwater Utility||$ 72,000|
|Property Tax Levy||$ 136,275|
|General Transportation Aid||$ 178,725|
|Road Maintenance Levy||$ 350,000|
|Debt Proceeds||$ 475,000|
|Special Assessment||$ 385,000|
|Transportation Utility||$ 875,000|
Total Revenue for Transportation Projects
The following pavement improvement projects are planned for completion in 2019.
This project will involve the following work:
The following pavement preservation & maintenance projects are to be completed from 2021-2024. The preliminary maintenance plan is based on areas with PASER ratings greater than 5.
The Town completes these maintenance project for the following reasons:
Project Contact Information:
Thad Majkowski, Cedar Corporation
1695 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, WI 54311