Butte eyes new fee for road maintenance

Posted at 6:50 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 14:12:35-04

BUTTE – Butte’s County Commissioners this week adopted a new tax to pay for future road maintenance.

The commissioners voted 6 to 3 in favor of creating the tax which would charge everyone in the Butte-Silver Bow with property valued at $5,000 or more a flat yearly rate. The taxes will be put in a fund strictly for upgrading roads within Butte. Some say this new fee is necessary to fix Butte’s bad roads.

“I’m happy to see it pass, I know there’s been a lot of controversy, there’s been a lot of ifs, ands, and buts about it, but this is only the first step in trying to improve our community and the two biggest things we need in our community are better roads and resolve our Superfund issues,” said District 6 Commissioner Jim Fisher.

The commissioners still have to determine the annual fee, but it’s estimated between $75 and $100.