County government recently sent two mailers to all households in St. Charles County with information about the history and plans for the County’s ½-cent Transportation Sales Tax; one in December 2021 and one in March 2022. I hope you have had an opportunity to read them. I did, and I can tell you, I am impressed with how well that money has been managed.
Did you know that if we hadn’t had this tax to contribute to important projects like Route 364/Page Avenue, the Gutermuth Road Interchange, and the Heritage Crossing Ramps, they wouldn’t be complete? And, that important projects like David Hoekel Parkway, Route K/I-70 Interchange and the Route 94 Widening might not even be in progress?
As you can see on the informational mailers, funding from this tax has been distributed equitably across the county. I’m pleased that each County Council member has been actively involved in making certain their district roads receive the funding necessary to complete important projects and thank the St. Charles County Road Board for doing the heavy lifting by evaluating and recommending projects for the Transportation Improvement Plan each year.
In District 1, the district I represent, these are some of the projects budgeted for 2022:
- Reconstruction and improvement of land configuration on Guthrie Road
- Construction of Phase 2D of David Hoekel Parkway
- Construction of Great Oaks Road Extension
- Improvements and reconstruction of Mexico Road from Josephville Road to Midland Park Drive
- Reconstruction of part of Peine Road
- Construction of US 61 West Outer Road Extension Phases 2, 2A and 3
- Reconstruction of Phase 3 of a section of West Meyer Road
- Reconstruction at West Pearce Boulevard and Meyer Road traffic
- Reconstruction on Josephville Road from Highway P south to Kersting Road
- Reconstruction of West Meyer Road from Highway W east to Duenke Road
As you read in this newsletter, reauthorization of this tax is up for your approval on the April 5 ballot. I encourage you to read up on all this tax is enabling us to do to improve the infrastructure of St. Charles County prior to making your decision how to vote.
I remember how our county roads used to be before the Transportation Improvement Plan program and enjoy the benefits from all the improvements. That is why I fully support the continuance of this small sales tax for our roads.