The Ada County Highway District, which manages 95 percent of the roads in the county, is holding a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. July 27. The meeting will be at the ACHD auditorium, 3775 Adams. St., Garden City.

The district is proposing a $117.4 million budget for next fiscal year, up from roughly $110 million this year.

“We’re actually looking at a record year for capital spending — $60.6 million — which translates into some 130 projects,” district spokesman Craig Quintana said in an email.

“For the first time in several years,” he added, “the Commissioners are considering a $2.2 million increase in property taxes — the full amount allowed by state law — to fund the construction budget at this proposed level.”

The district expects to publish the proposed budget Aug. 7, he said, and the public can weigh in during a hearing on Aug. 23.

Some major projects slated for next year’s budget are:

n Cloverdale Road, Fairview Ave to Ustick Road: $2.9 million — five lane road with sidewalk and bike lanes

n Pine Ave, Meridian Road to Locust Grove Road: $1.7 million

n Cole Road and Lake Hazel Road intersection: $5 million


The Ada County Highway District maintains and operates over 2,200 miles of roads and streets in Ada County with an estimated value of $3 billion.

Typical project costs:

n One mile of five-lane road: $7 million to $9 million

n One mile of sidewalk: $100,000 to $200,000

n Traffic signal: Up to $200,000

Major revenue sources estimated for the FY18 budget:

n Property taxes: 37 percent of total revenue

n Highway users fund: 29 percent of total revenue

n Impact fees: 13 percent of total revenue

n Vehicle registration fees: 9 percent of total revenue


The highway district has an integrated five-year work plan influenced by requests from cities, school districts and the county. Ten agencies submitted a total of 379 project requests for the highway district’s fiscal year 2017 five-year work plan, and 177 were adopted into the plan, according to a March presentation posted to the district’s website.

Thirty percent of the total requests came from the city of Meridian. Of Meridian’s 110 project requests, 32 were adopted into the five-year plan. The city of Boise submitted 88 requests, with 53 being adopted. The West Ada School District submitted 34 requests, with 22 being adopted.


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