Traffic IS a major concern of mine. I put it as our #2 issue (after tax rates). After I became Mayor, Dayton stopped assessing residents for road repairs. We put in place a fee structure that put the burden of new road needs onto new development, thus ensuring that growth paid for new capacity as needed. Recently the State Supreme Court ruled that our fee structure was not allowed, so we put in place a moratorium on new development applications until we can figure out a way to legally require new development to pay for new capacity. We will likely model our fee structure on the way Maple Grove charges developers for projects in their city. In this way new capacity is not a cost current residents would be hit with.
Once we have this completely figured out we will have a lot of projects to build. A new interchange will be added to I-94 to access Dayton (opening 2021), making getting to and from the freeway MUCH easier (this was called the Brockton Interchange….it’s now called the Dayton Parkway Interchange). This will add jobs, but it will also add traffic. When we do a road project today, it has to handle the traffic needs for the next 20 years. Our population right now is over 7,000 people. In ten years it will be over 13,000, and in 20 years it will be close to 19,000. So it worries me when candidates talk about building “the minimum,” especially when they are turning down county funds to do so. We cannot be a quality city if we skimp on roads. In the past eight years roads have improved and taxes have gone DOWN. If we don’t invest in roads, people and companies will not want to come to Dayton. Your property value won’t increase, but your taxes will.
I’ve improved roads while lowering taxes. I know how.