Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker has unveiled a multi-million dollar “wish list” that includes streets, sewers, water, drainage, and recreation projects to be completed over the next ten years. Walker spoke to a group of at the old Fire Station earlier this afternoon.
Said Walker, “When I came on board in January I started meeting with all our department heads and looking at our city from a strategic plan and long term plan, as far as the next ten and twenty years. What I found was we had a backlog of infrastructure projects that some were ten and fifteen that we needed to do just to get us up to this point, but we really needed to look forward if we were planning on growing the city.”
To fund the projects, Walker wants to put a 3/4 ¢ sales tax increase before the voters next April.
Among the more significant projects:
Three lane rebuild of Kentucky from 167 to hwy 33 – $15 million
Sheppard Creek drainage improvements – $6.5 million
Street Overlays – 35 miles – $5 million
Sports Complex on South Farmerville – $15 million
Financing for the projects, estimated at $80 million total, would be a combination of borrowing, sales tax proceeds, state funding, and existing funding.
Walker noted that while the tax increase would put Ruston’s sales tax at 9 1/2%, it is still lower than other communities in the area.
Seen in the crowd of three to four dozen people were representatives of the area’s engineering, construction, and real estate interests.