#JustFixIt - Roads & Bridges.
As a Town of Delavan Supervisor, I am aware how underfunded our budgets for road repairs have been. I voted to increase the levy through "debt-to-pay" for much needed repairs of North Shore Drive, Town Hall Rd, Valencia, and other thoroughfares. Unfortunately, due to drastic reductions in state aid under Gov. Walker and Republican leadership in the State Legislature, via restrictions on levy rules, refusal to allow room tax dollars to be spent on road repairs, and lack of diversity in our funding portfolio, increasing debt is the only option available to municipalities like Delavan. No other Midwestern state relies so heavily on property taxes and so little on other sources to pay for municipal services.
Our Department of Transportation and other experts have issued reports and made recommendations. However, no progress has been made toward a long-term funding solution, as Wisconsin continues to fall further behind.
The State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee continues to fail all Wisconsin residents by refusing to develop a sustainable plan for road funding. We must strengthen the transportation infrastructure and fix existing local roads and bridges..
As of December 2018, Almost 700 counties, cities, villages and towns have passed Just Fix It Resolutions. It's time you had a representative who listens to the will of the people and the municipalities he/she represents.