By Lloyd Gray
SALTILLO – Voters today will decide the fate of a Saltillo street improvement program that would be funded by a new 8-mill city tax.
Registered voters who live in the Saltillo city limits are eligible to vote in the referendum at the Saltillo Community Center, 200 Park Ave., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The tax, if approved by a majority of those voting, would be in place for five years and fund three major road projects the Board of Aldermen approved from a list proposed by a citizens’ committee. It would bring in about $234,000 annually to go toward the $2,556,000 million anticipated cost of the projects.
City taxes would rise about 30 percent for most residents, but county and school district taxes wouldn’t be affected.
Projects funded would:
* Add a turn lane from Mobile Street onto Cartwright Street.
* Turn Old Highway 45 from two lanes to five where it meets Highway 145 by McDonald’s.
* Turn Highway 145 into three lanes from Mobile Street to Pannel Drive.