Street Sales Tax

Recent Projects

Check out some of our recent progress in the latest city project update video!

Pittsburg Street Infrastructure Statistics

313

Total Lane Miles

33

Total Alley Miles

2011 – 2020 Progress

215

Lane Miles Improved

16

Sidewalk Projects Completed

188

Street Projects Completed

Completed Projects Map

Completed Projects Map

The city has two ¼ cent sales taxes to pay for street repair and maintenance of city streets.

Over the last 10 years, the city has improved approximately 215 lane miles
that equates to about 1.1 million feet of pavement!

 

Street Sales Tax Election Information

– 2011 –

In 2011, voters authorized a ¼ cent sales tax to pay for street improvements for five years.

– 2015 –

In 2015, voters reauthorized this ¼ cent sales tax.

– 2017 –

In 2017, Pittsburg paid off the debt from a ½ cent sales tax that paid for Fire Station #1 and the Law Enforcement Center, causing the tax to expire a year early. The City Commission decided to use a portion of the expiring ½ cent tax to provide additional street maintenance funds, as the state matching funds program had been reduced.

In 2017, voters authorized the additional ¼ cent sales tax, which when combined with the existing ¼ cent sales tax, doubled the city’s annual funding available for street repair. This ¼ cent sales tax passed in 2017 also included a five-year sidewalk improvement program, which allows $50,000 each year to be set aside to, provide a 50-50 match for property owners who wish to build new sidewalks or repair existing ones.

As a result, the city has two (2) separate ¼ cent sales taxes to pay for street repair and maintenance.

– October 6, 2020 Election –

NO TAX INCREASE

The city would like to combine these two ¼ cent taxes into one ½ cent tax, beginning in April, 2021 and lasting for a period of ten (10)  years. The city would also allocate $100,000 each year for sidewalk repair, doubling the amount currently set aside for the sidewalk matching program.

If voters approve this program, the city will continue the same level of funding moving forward. This will NOT result in a tax rate increase.

 

ADVANCE BALLOT INFORMATION

To request an advanced ballot by mail, contact the Crawford County Election Office at 620-724-6115 or visit https://www.crawfordcountykansas.org/advanced-ballot.html

Proposed Pittsburg Sales Tax Comparison

 

Sales Tax Proposed

 

 

Program Strategies

 

On average, the cost to build one block of new road ranges from $180,000 – $240,000 for concrete and $150,000 – $210,000 for asphalt. The cost to resurface one block of road on average costs anywhere from $20,000 – $30,000. To make our tax dollars stretch further, we use a combination of strategies to repair and lengthen the life of our streets.

The city takes several approaches, including preventive maintenance, major rehabilitation, reconstruction, full depth repairs, and stop-gap measures.

 

Preventive maintenance – Keeping the good streets good!

Crack sealing and surface seals – this increases the service life of existing pavement.

 

Major Rehabilitation – Restoring streets to like-new condition

Structural overlays and mill & overlays – significantly improve the life of the pavement.

 

Reconstruction – Replacing pavement

Complete reconstruction – restores the original service life of the pavement.

 

Full depth repairs & stop-gap measures

Pothole patching and small-scale full-depth patching projects – addresses localized severe pavement failures.