Garden City — The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) released its tenth annual revenue and expenditures report which outlines nearly $119 million in spending on new roads, sidewalks and bridges last year, and well over $1 billion in transportation infrastructure improvements within Ada County since 2004.
The report shows that each city received a relatively even distribution of projects and services in 2019, and while revenue and expenditure numbers fluctuate from year to year, the 15-year span covered by the report depicts how the distribution remains equitable over time. For example, Meridian residents received over $18 million in projects, maintenance and other services last year, while the city contributed over $29 million in property taxes, gas taxes, development impact fees and other revenue to the Ada County Highway District. However, since FY2005, Meridian has received over $290 million in projects and services, and has contributed just over $275 million. Similar comparisons can be made among the other jurisdictions.
“It is vitally important to the ACHD Commission that money is spent evenly across the county, and every city sees value in return for their contributions,” said Ada County Highway District Commission President Mary May. “We commend the hard work of the ACHD Budget Committee and staff to ensure that we are effectively meeting that goal year after year.”
ACHD spends resources in areas with the greatest needs within Ada County. Jurisdictional allocation can vary in any given year depending on needs.
Development impact fees generated in each jurisdiction paint a picture of high-growth areas. Development impact fees are paid through building permits required for the construction of new homes, retail stores, and industrial buildings.
Meridian produced the most impact fees in 2019, generating more than $10 million, which indicates the substantial growth the city has seen over the last year.