Report Shows Windsor's Roads Would Cost $340M to Fix

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Decision makers at Windsor City Hall are being encouraged to raise taxes if administration is to properly maintain all of the city's existing assets.

A Corporate Asset Management Plan report was presented to the Corporate Services Standing Committee on Monday.

It says nearly $340-million worth of Windsor assets are in "very poor condition."

The report goes on to say the capital budget needs to be increased by about $5-million per year for the next six years to address the issue without decreasing levels of service.

City engineer Mark Winterton tells CTV Windsor, while the report has been approved, any financial moves will have to wait for budget deliberations.

"We really think that this sets the road map for the next, certainly five years, but well beyond that. This is something that we've been working on a long, long time and something that we really want to embed into our budgeting process."

He says the province mandates municipalities to update their asset management plan every five years.

"This is how we manage our assets going forward and it's really about using money in the best way possible and to try and use the right money at the right time in the right location."

Winterton adds, it's unavoidable, money needs to be spent to maintain the city's assets.

"In a nutshell, what it says is that if you try and run an asset to the end of its useful life and don't do any maintenance in the meantime, you will reduce the life span of that asset and it will cost significantly more to replace that asset."

The city spends an average of $78-million each year to repair or replace aging assets like roads, sidewalks, streetlights and even trees.