City Approves Plan for Dirt Road Paving

The City of Menifee approved a new plan to help property owners set up "local improvement districts" (LID) to get private roads paved.

A unanimous vote by the city council last week will allow property owners along a private dirt road to set up a tax assessment for the paving of their road. Owners would have to take a vote, and if approved, they could begin building funds to pay for road improvements.

Presently, the city cannot use general funds to improve private roads.

Once the improvements are completed, ownership of the road is then transferred to the City for on-going maintenance.

The costs for paving a dirt road is expected to be around $500,000.00 per mile, assuming the road would have to access utilities, channel drainage, and meet highway safety standards. The city expects a period of 10 years before an improved road will payback the tax assessments.

Property owners wishing to take advantage of this new plan can contact Menifee City Hall at 951) 672-6777.


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