A large number of residents of south Regina neighbourhoods filled Henry Baker Hall Monday night in hopes of hearing good news about their roads.
Residential streets in the Whitmore Park and Hillsdale neighbourhoods are littered with potholes and other damage, which makes the roads unusable at times.
In the last budget, a pre-determined one-percent increase in taxes went directly to road maintainance.
Mayor Michael Fougere said the city will being doing what it can to fix the roads, and taxes may not need to be increased for this project.
“(The report) talks about re-calibrating the amount of money we use for the one-percent, and how it’s portioned between poor roads, and regular roads, and preventative maintenance for the poor roads, so we’ll see what (city administration) comes back with, there may be some budget implications but there has been no indication of the motion, or the response from the administration that we need to do that at this point.”
In response to the large crowd, Mayor Fougere said their concerns have been heard.
“We want people to come out, and have a conversation, listen to us, because we’re listening to them, and they’ve come out in large numbers (Monday night), they’re pretty happy tonight I think with what was being said, “Fougere said. “This is the only order of government where you have this actually happen; we have those actual direct details with the people, and you can talk to what they want to see.”
A more concrete decision in regards to how and when the roads will be fixed will be made in time for the 2019 budget.