City seeks streets, sidewalks millage renewal

‘It made us a proactive city’

THREE RIVERS — Fifteen years ago, the city of Three Rivers had a 3.7-mill millage to pay for a sewer project expiring. The city commission asked its voters to continue paying this money for local street and sidewalk repair.
Since then, there have been 17 miles of street reconstruction and 26 miles of street maintenance, for work on a total of 43 out of 49 miles of the city’s streets. Ninety-seven percent of paved city streets have sidewalk on at least one side.
“It made us a proactive city,” Three Rivers mayor Tom Lowry said Tuesday, Oct. 25 during an informational meeting at the Three Rivers Community Center. “We could do a lot more than repair critical needs — we got on a regular maintenance schedule. This is an amazing program unheard of for a city our size.”
The question comes up again on the Nov. 8 ballot, as the city is seeking renewal of the millage for another 15 years. Approval would not result in any new taxes.
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