Region 8 city uses surplus cash to fix roads damaged from '09 ice storm

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) – A surplus in cash built up over the years and a 22% increase in sales tax revenue is helping line the streets in Hoxie.  While spending $200,000 on asphalt may not be what you would do with the money, leaders say this is right for the city.

"We really have a lot of streets that desperately need repair," said Hoxie Mayor Donnie Roberts.

So far 20 streets have received a facelift.

"I think that having the nicer streets will make a big difference," said Hoxie City Councilwoman Sherry Moore.

"When you have a business wanting to look at your town, streets are one of the things they look at.  We really have to keep our streets in good shape," said Roberts.

The roads in Hoxie have gone downhill over the past year.

"The ice storm has really devastated some of the streets," said Roberts.

A lot of the streets in town do have some pretty deep potholes.  They are trying to pave the streets that are worst in town. 

"There are some streets we won't get to this year," said Roberts.

So far the city has spent about $150,000 paving streets and they plan to spend more before the year comes to an end.  Part of the cash being spent is money city leaders have been saving.

"We are very conservative.  We've been conservative in the past in taking care of the city's money," said Moore.

"Our sales tax is up again this year approximately ten percent or better.  It looks like next year is going to be another good year," said Roberts.

Roberts said he hopes their cleaned up, paved streets will help them attract new residents and businesses to the city.  They plan to pave more streets over the next several months and more in 2011.

A special council meeting will be held in the next few days to appropriate more money for street repair.

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