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Roads, water and sewer, schools at top of city's capital improvements list

May 3rd, 2014 9:26 pm by Matthew Lane

Roads, water and sewer, schools at top of city's capital improvements list

KINGSPORT — In no uncertain terms, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen wants to see the condition of Kingsport's roads improved.

And during a called BMA work session Friday afternoon, elected officials informally agreed to more than double the amount of money allocated for street resurfacing next fiscal year.

The BMA got their first look at the city's five-year capital improvement plan on Friday. The CIP is reviewed every spring during the budget process and contains a number of projects and equipment purchases for the city, the school system and the water and sewer department.

Some items are fully funded within one of those five years; others are funded over a number of years. The items are paid for in a variety of ways, including cash, bonds, grants and state and federal dollars.

City Manager John Campbell, who retires at the end of June, said he felt a little bit sentimental about this year's CIP since it would his last.

"There's always more wants than needs, and than you have money to fund," Campbell said, noting the final decision on the CIP is up to the BMA.

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