Recently, both the city of Richmond and Madison County signed orders noting their participation in the Municipal Road Aid program, which allocates a percentage of the state’s motor fuel tax funds towards the resurfacing of roadways in the local county or city.
Madison County utilizes both the County and Municipal Road Aid Cooperative program and the Rural Secondary program, which are allotted different portions of the gas tax funds and the city of Richmond, as well as Berea, use only the municipal road aid.
Rural secondary fund allotment consumes 22.2% of the tax and is used for the construction and reconstruction of roads that fall under this category determined by the state. In this fund, local government recipients are required to set back 6% for emergency account.
For county road aid, which maintains county roads, the state allocates 18.3%. Only 3% is set aside for the emergency account.
Municipal road aid receives 7.7% that goes towards urban roads and streets. This fund holds back 3% also for their emergency account.
There are several factors that a determine how much a local government should receive from the state for the road funds.
For county and rural roads, the money that is allocated out of the percentage is split up based on a “formula of fifths” which factors in equal share, rural land area, rural road mileage and rural population of an area before determining how much they will receive.
However for cities, the amount they receive from the tax is based on the population of the city and the statewide municipal population.
In fiscal year 2019, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet allocated $154,134,600 to rural secondary road funding, $127,056,900 to county road aid and $53,615,100 to municipal aid.
In Madison County, the total funding for rural secondary roads, including the other spare funds called flex funds, is $1,245,354 for 2019.
That total has funded 10.3 miles of roadway for four different projects at Doylesville Road, Gabbard Town Road, Menelaus and Caleast Roads and Dreyfus Road.
Earlier in April, the fiscal court approved the two recommended projects and funding for those projects in the upcoming 2020 fiscal year.
The court will receive $810,000 to make updates to a total of over nine miles of roadway at Lost Fork Road and Red Lick Road.
Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor explained that the county surveys the roads determining a priority list of which ones require immediate maintenance and what specifically they require. Once the list is compiled, it is sent to the transportation cabinet for review.
Richmond City Manager Rob Minerich said that the city’s determination of priority roadways is very similar to the county’s.
“Since I have been here, we have made an itemized list of what has been done and what will be done,” he said. “We prioritize the worst roads and see how much it will cost and see what funding is available and what we can afford.”
According to Minerich, from last fall to now, there has been 21 different roads that have been fixed for the city.
“We received approximately $560,000 for road repaving and we will spend that much or a little more this year,” he said.
According to Berea city officials, the city anticipates receiving close to $250,000 from the municipal road aid fund in fiscal year 2020.
Where Berea does not sign up to receive 60% of their funds immediately, their money is dispensed quarterly, and the state does not siphon the 3% for emergency funds.
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