Jackson Residents Get Repavement Bills

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

Street repaving can be an inconvenience, but sometimes the real trouble doesn't come until the last orange barrel is removed: when the bills from the city go in the mail.

Kathy Bennett admits her street needed to be repaved.

"It was in sore shape," Bennett said.

Now she's left with more than a $3,300 bill for her section of Durand Street.

"I'd rather pay the whole chunk and be done with it, but then again, eh, that's a lot of chunk," Bennett said.

The Ganson Street Baptist Church is left with an even bigger chunk, more than $27,000.

"The church has a lot of street frontage on Ganson Street," Jackson City Assessor David Taylor said. "They ended up in that classification of non-residential, because they're not a residence."

That means the century-old church pays at the commercial rate, but it doesn't hold so much as a bake sale or bingo night. The leaders are surprised the city wouldn't cut them a break.

"It is what it is, and we'll struggle through to pay it," Russell Colburn said.

The city engineer said the average payment on Durand Steet is about $2,500, while those on Ganson range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars because there's so much more commercial property.

The final assessments fell well below what the city engineer estimated. In the end Durand Street cost a little more than $112,000, though it was originally estimated at $128,000; and Ganson Street totaled about $229,000, while it was slotted for $240,000. Many people believe the cost is worth it.

"It's a few bucks having a new street in front of the house, but it did cut down about five seconds on my time of arrival at home," Jim Johnson said. "So, that's great. And it's saving a lot of wear and tear on my automobile."

City Council said they're already looking forward to fixing more streets.

"Anything is better than driving on potholes and putting that money into fixing your car," 6th Ward City Council Member Derek Dobies said.

It's helped homeowners take pride in their property again.

"That section of the street is mine, and people better respect that street now," Bennett said. "I'll be the street police."

People on both Durand and Ganson have the option of paying in installments over 10 years. Homeowners and businesses on Ganson also qualify for assistance from the city through the Community Block Development Grant.

The repavings are guaranteed for 15-20 years, and the city assessor expects at least two more sets of bills to go out before the end of the year for other completed projects.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    This is why the city of Jakcson is floudnering and the county of jackson is thriving.
  • by citycorrupt Location: jackson on Nov 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    another fine example of the corruption that goes on in jackson
  • by Betty Location: Collins on Nov 14, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    If the home owners have to pay for streets being repaired, where is the money going that we pay on our tax bill? the 911, schools and roads and so on! Like the lottery is to help schools, why are we doing taxes on that when our kids are grown up and are not using your schools
  • by Debbie Location: Munith on Nov 14, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    I understand Kelly's frustation, I had that same issue 40 years ago in a suburb of Detroit!! This is nothing new. I don't live in Jackson but I go there to shop and eat out occasionally, but I'm afraid if as Kelly suggests that they cut back on social programs and city employees (police, fire), it wouldn't be a safe city to venture into. I know I would be taking my business to Ann Arbor or Okemos/Mason area.
  • by Jim Location: Delta TS on Nov 14, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    Kelly, I couldn't of said it better. It sounds like its time for them to get a lawyer. Its things like this, that make me wish I had not voted down emergency management.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 14, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    "... but it doesn't hold so much as a bake sale or bingo night. The leaders are surprised the city wouldn't cut them a break." You're TAX-EXEMPT! You don't deserve to be cut a break. Hold a stupid bake sale! My church in Wacousta built an entirely new sanctuary by fundraising. It took a few years, but we did it. It was a LOT more than $27,000. Tax-exempt whiners.
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Nov 14, 2012 at 02:46 AM
    Absolutely ridiculous. Tax dollars go to the Government, and the Government's primary duty is to use those tax dollars for safety/security and infrastructure. Sounds like Jackson's "elected" officials need to get their spending priorities straight. Perhaps Jackson's tax dollars are being used to support too many City employees and too many social programs?
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