Joyce St. Improvement Petition Making the Rounds - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Joyce St. Improvement Petition Making the Rounds

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Residents living along Joyce Street in the Heights have been given instructions on how to go about getting much needed road improvements.

Vern Heisler, Deputy Public Works Director for the City of Billings, says property owners on Joyce St. must start a petition and gather enough signatures so the city knows property owners are serious about undertaking the massive project.

The city will then send all property owners along Joyce St. a notice, to which they must respond with a yes or no concerning the project.

No response will be considered a yes response.

The city will only begin working on the project if 51% of property owners give their approval.

Property owner's taxes won't increase until the project is complete. Taxes will be expected to increase to around $1500 a year, which can be paid monthly or all at once.

Supporters of the project say this same issue was brought up about 20 years ago and they could have paved roads, sidewalks, and storm drains by now and be done paying off their portion of the project.  They say the benefits are worth the extra taxes.

Total costs of the Joyce St. project is estimated between $800 to 850,000, with property owners responsible for about $675,000 of it. Divided amongst all the property owners, 15 to 20 years would be the time frame to pay off the project.

If the project receives the green light, work will be slated to begin in Summer 2015.

Lincoln Ln. and Liberty St. are a bit different than Joyce St. because Yellowstone County will have to work with the City of Billings to get work on those streets done.

Commissioner Bill Kennedy says the county is more than willing to work with the city to fix the outdated and damaged roads.

Click here to reach the city about this pending project.

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