BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - The City of Brazil, Indiana for years has been known for its roads and not in a good way. This summer the mayor and the city have a plan to change that, but it's going to take help from the citizens directly.
You have heard the old saying, "the road less traveled makes all the difference." That's certainly the case in Brazil where roads that are less traveled because of the difference they'll make on shocks...
"You know our city streets are in very poor condition, they have been for a lot of years. It's probably the biggest issue over here," Brazil's Mayor Bryan Wyndham admits.
To fix all of Brazil's city roads carries a price the city can't steam roll through. So, in the spirit of taking the road less traveled, Wyndham and the city council have a different approach to an old problem.
"We looked into the possibility of doing a bonding, a bond lease for four million dollars in order to do a major road restoration project for our city streets," Wyndham explained.
How does the bond work?
Well Mayor Wyndham explained it like this:
He said if a property was worth $100,000, the owner would pay 71 extra dollars on top of their normal property taxes until the bond was paid off. In that way the entire city would be contributing to paying off the bond.
It's an idea he said even he was shocked to find had so much support in public meetings.
"We've got a mindset change happening here," Wyndham smiled as he said. "Which is very refreshing and that is: ‘let's quit looking for someone else to fund our problem. It's our problem lets take responsibility for it.'"
This month the city council gave the mayor the ok to move forward with the bond funding project. A $4,000,000 project shared by the people who share the roads.
In hopes that one day they'll again be the roads most traveled and for a city looking to bring jobs that could make all the difference.
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