For about a year or so, there have been discussions of a total revamp and improvement project in Navasota, which would go toward fixing a lot of decades old infrastructure throughout the town. And soon, that will be coming to fruition, according to Navasota City Manager Brad Stafford.
‘We are going to move ahead with a capital improvement project, which will be a pretty substantial bond, $10 million dollars, to being out capital improvement project first phase. That will include water, sewer, drainage and street work…I do not have the streets in front of me right now…but, all that work goes into one street. You do all that work, and get it out of the way, then go to the next street and do it. So, we have about a $10 million dollar project we are going to be working on for that,” said Stafford during a recent episode of Grilling Stafford.
He mentioned it is a big undertaking for the city, but is important for the future.
As for how it is being paid for, Stafford explained the avenues of funding.
“We have a street and drainage fee, that each customer pays on their utility bill. Those funds will be utilized to make part of that payment. The other payment will come…if you notice on your utility bill there is a CIP charge, a Capital Improvements Charge, which today is at two dollars. We are proposing a slight increase for this coming year, to help pay for that bond. But, that way, your tax rate is not affected by this bond. It will just be user fees,” said Stafford.
The project would be in the next budget, which will be finalized over the next month, and enacted in October.
Any questions can be directed to city hall at 936-825-6475.