City Manager Craig Bessinger said they hope to land some grants along with a special property tax to build bike paths along three streets. The estimated cost is $75 per foot, for a total of $1.2 million.
A 15-year, 0.5-mill tax projects out to $1.3 million in revenue, according to city staff calculations. It would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 home about $25 each year.
The project would include paths on 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner Road; North Shore Road from North Shore Estates to 174th Avenue; VanWagoner from 174th to the U.S. 31 west road right of way; VanWagoner from the U.S. 31 east road right of way to 168th Avenue; and VanWagoner between the U.S. 31 on/off ramps.
Ferrysburg officials plan to send out a survey to explain potential costs and seek input from residents before shifting into high gear on the project.
If City Council approves the millage proposal, language would need to be finalized in August 2013 in order for it to appear on the November 2013 ballot, according to Bessinger.
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