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Pennies for Progress

By: Erika Kurre Email
By: Erika Kurre Email

You may have already heard of the city of Dothan’s Pennies for Progress Campaign.

But now, that campaign has come to life with the start of one of the city's first repaving projects funded by the recent sales tax increase.

Pennies for Progress is a new campaign designed to keep everyone informed on what Dothan’s recent 1-cent sales tax increase will be used for.

Mayor Pat Thomas says, "I think that to be accountable to the taxpayers, we have to show you exactly where it's going."

Therefore, the city has created decals, which will be placed near each road project or improvement, showing that your pennies funded it.

There is also a link on the city's website, www.dothan.org, which explains future plans for the city.

"You'll always have the price tag of where your pennies are going and it also shows you how your pennies add up and make great things possible," explains Mayor Thomas.

You may have already noticed one of improvement taking place on the west side of Dothan.

A repaving project on Flowers Chapel Road stretches from Main Street to Narcisse Drive. It's the first of more than 10 resurfacing projects planned for this year in the city of Dothan.

Normally, the city would not have enough funding to plan one project. The budget they're used to working with averages around $800,000 dollars.

However, with the sales tax increase, they're able to set aside $1.5 million dollars for road projects alone.

"We need this money for these improvements, to keep our streets up and also to do widening projects,” explains Dothan Traffic Engineering Director Charles Metzger. “We have several widening projects, John D Odom, Murphy Mill Road, Plum Road and others that we're trying to pave so we can make improvements for the traveling public."

The extra penny will be used for capital improvements as well, which is also explained on the Pennies for Progress Web page.

The city of Dothan has a list of road projects that are in the making.

Engineers would like to hear your input.

They’re hosting a public meeting Thursday night, with the Dothan Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

It will be held in the City Commission Chambers from 4 to 6PM.


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