By J.B. Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Saltillo voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a property tax increase to help pay for road improvements.
A total of 370 votes, or 66 percent, were cast against the 8-mill tax levy, with 192 votes, or 34 percent in favor.
The proposed projects would have cost a total of $2,556,208.25, according to preliminary estimates done by Randy Hathcock, Saltillo’s city engineer.
The first improvement project would have addressed congestion at the intersection of Cartwright and Mobile streets by adding a turn lane from Mobile Street onto Cartwright Street.
The project was estimated to cost $142,391.80.
The second project would have turned Old Highway 45 from a two-lane to a five-lane road where it meets Highway 145 next to McDonald’s.
The five-lane project would have added the lanes for 700 feet and costed roughly $496,988.55.
The most expensive and third priority would have been turning Highway 145 into a three-lane road for about 5,000 feet – from Mobile Street to Pannel Drive. The project was estimated to cost $1.9 million.