Public hearing Wednesday for tax for roads

The Aberdeen City Council is soliciting public comment on a proposed Transportation Benefit District with the goal of asking voters to boost sales tax rates to fix city roads. The council will consider the second reading of the ordinance and conduct a public hearing Wednesday. The council will hear a budget update at 7 p.m. and then convene the council’s regular meeting soon after, which willl include the public hearing. The benefit district would be created after passage of the third reading of the ordinance next month. Then, a separate resolution would need to be approved to send a sales tax hike to the voters. The city hopes to come up with extra funds to start repaving roads. Due to years of budget cuts, city officials say that the general funds necessary to fix the roads is not there.