Goliad voters’ overwhelming support for a road tax could result in construction as early as August.
“Our streets have had problems,” said Luis Rodriguez, who serves as mayor pro tem for the Goliad City Council.
Saturday night, Goliad voters again approved a one-fourth-cent sales tax for road and bridge repair. With 105 votes or about 78% approving the measure, Goliad voters are in clear support of the repairs, which are also unanimously supported on the council, Rodriguez said.
Support for fixing the dilapidated roadways is so strong that Rodriguez said even his plumber has asked him about it.
“We have our constituents on top of us, asking, ‘When are you going to work on it?’” he said.
First passed in 2015, the measure approved Saturday will again allocate a quarter of a cent of sales tax collected in Goliad to pay for road repairs. Rodriguez said he anticipates about $80,000 in collections per year, resulting in about $320,000 in funds over the next four years, after which the tax expires.
Rodriguez hopes to avoid asking voters to support the tax again then.
With about $220,000 allocated already through the council’s budget, council members hope to have more than enough to reach the project’s cost, which was estimated by engineering firm John D. Mercer & Associates in Edna. Remaining funds will be used to prevent grass from creeping into roadways’ shoulders.
With contractors expected to be hired by midsummer, Rodriguez said work will first begin on Fannin Street in south Goliad. Construction is expected to be completed by early November and shift to other city roadways.
Although Rodriguez said he understood the importance of the work, he emphasized the need to go about it properly and with the support of voters.
“It’s like a ship making a U-turn. It’s slow,” he said.