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Officials consider costs of speed humps

Speed humps can be a costly venture. But they can reduce speed where motorists cause havoc for those living in residential neighborhoods who are concerned about general safety and the well-being of their children.

So, who is to pay for such speed humps? Should the City of Thomson absorb the cost or should the cost be passed to those who want the speed humps in their neighborhoods in the form of higher property taxes?

And if officials decide to go that particular route, how long would they need to collect higher taxes for the purpose of those speed humps?

Those are merely some of the questions currently being studied on the subject by local government officials. It's not the first time the subject has popped up at a council meeting this year. In fact, city officials discussed the issue last month. They again discussed the same issue during a recent Thomson City Council meeting.

The idea of a new speed hump policy is expected to be discussed more during the next two months at city council meetings, according to Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry.

Thomson City Administrator Don Powers says the idea, if approved down the road by council members, would be in the form of a new policy rather than a new ordinance. It would allow property owners in subdivisions and neighborhoods the opportunity to request speed humps be installed on streets where they reside.

Mayor Usry requested that council members continue to study the proposed policy, which is similar to one already in place in the City of Warrenton.

Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010

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