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Voters urged to support Issue One

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Roads and bridges in northwest Ohio need fixing and that takes money.

So a line up of local leaders is urging support of a bonding issue up for vote in May as the way to get that work done.

It's called Issue One and it's already been renewed twice in the last 20 years.

Over the next 10 years,  it would make nearly $2 billion available for road and sewer work.

This year's tough winter exposed just how fragile our roads are.  Potholes were everywhere.  And last year's sink hole showed problems exist below the surface, as well.

But Toledo doesn't have the money to fix all the problems.

Dave Dysard is the administrator with the Open Spaces and Roadway Planning department with the City of Toledo.  He says, "We would likely dip into our capital improvement even further.  Most likely, delay our projects even further."

Some projects, like the Martin Luther King bridge work, cannot be delayed so the state kicked in $28 million from it's capital improvement program to get that work done.

This morning, at their Tuesday meeting, the Lucas County commssioners unanimously passed a resolution supporting that program and urged voters to renew it for a third time.

It is money county engineer Keith Earley says all local governments can use.

Earley told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, "Revenue is down, some costs such as paving double.  It makes it very difficult to do the thing you need to do."

Thirty-five thousand jobs could be created by money used to fund the road projects and local communities believe better roads will attract more jobs and businesses.

Angie Kuhn is the mayor of Waterville.  She believes fixing roads is a quality of life issue that ripples through the economy and attracks businesses.  She says,  "(Business owners) truly are looking for good roads, good services with good utilities."
And that takes good money… money many smaller cities and towns and villages do not have.

So Mike Beazley, the administrator with the City of Oregon says,  "That's why things like Issue One are essential to take care of our roads and take care of our water and sewer lines.  We've got to work together to make sure it stays here."

Over the last 27 years, Lucas County has received $181 million that funded 400 projects.

Issue One is up for vote on May 6th and it is *not* a tax increase.

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