Advisory Referendum Information

The citizens of Buchanan rely and expect a safe dependable transportation network. The 46 mile roadway system is getting older and more expensive to maintain, preserve and replace. In 2017, 52% of the system, or 24 miles, were rated fair to very poor.

The roads are showing significant signs of distress. The current funding sources are not keeping up with the need and are not sufficient to make progress on improving these conditions. Without regular maintenance and reconstruction, the roads will continue to deteriorate and become even more expensive to address in the future.

For the last couple of years, the Town has been evaluating additional revenue options to close the structural funding gap. It has been determined that to maintain and/or improve the pavement conditions town-wide approximately $2.5 million in funding is needed each year. Approximately $1.25 million is currently available leaving a gap or shortfall of $1.25 million. The proposed funding sources being considered to close the gap and generate approximately $1.25 million are a transportation utility fee (TUF), special assessments and/or a property tax levy increase.

To get public input, the Town is seeking your opinion about how to proceed! There is an ADVISORY REFERENDUM ON THE SPRING GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT ON TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019. See page 4 for a sample of what will be on the ballot. PLEASE VOTE TO MAKE SURE YOUR OPINION IS HEARD! Also, there will be a public information meeting (PIM) on Thursday, March 21st at 6 p.m.

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Timeline of Events – Town Board Discussions about Roads and Financing

February 5, 2018: Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Update

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Road Standard Specifications Policy, January 12, 2015

Town of Buchanan Budget and Financial Policies, March 16, 2010

June 19, 2018: Modified Special Assessment Policy

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Comprehensive Special Assessment Policy, January 15, 2008

July 17, 2018:

1. Town Road Standards for Modification

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Road Standards Presentation

Existing Town Standard

Typical Rural Section

Typical Urban Section

Alternative Option Section

Rural and Urban Section with Storm Sewer in Ditch

Urban Alternative Option Section

Urban Section with Storm Sewer

2. CIP Project Financing Approach – Binding Referendum Exception Option Review

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Wisconsin Stat. 66.0602(4)

Referendum Requirements

Referendum Timeline, DRAFT

Resolution Exercising Referendum Option, DRAFT

August 21, 2018:

1. Town Road Standards for Modification
2. CIP Project Financing Approach – Modified Special Assessment Policy

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Special Assessment Policy, DRAFT

PASER Rating Stem

Roadway Assessment Allocation Summary Table

Urban Roadway Assessment Allocation, Option 1

Urban Roadway Assessment Allocation, Option 2

Rural Roadway Assessment Allocation, Option 1

Rural Roadway Assessment Allocation, Option 2

Special Assessment Cost Allocation – Annual Benchmark

September 18, 2018: CIP Project Financing Approach: Modified Special Assessment Policy

 Special Assessment Presentation

October 16, 2018: Town Road Specifications – Curb Face Type

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Barrier vs. Mountable Curb Article

January 22, 2019:

1. CIP Financing Approach – Transportation Utility Fee

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CUP Presentation

2. Resolution 2019-01 Resolution for an Advisory Referendum Regarding Funding Mechanism to Support Street Improvement Projects

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2019-01 Resolution for an Advisory Referendum Regarding Funding Mechanism to Support Street Improvement Projects

Advisory Referendum Question and Explanation

Advisory Referendum Timeline

March 21, 2019: Public Information Meeting

Presentation

Adopted Special Assessment Policy

Adopted Town Road Standards 

 

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