The Carson Street construction broke ground on March 7, 2016 and finalized construction the day before the Nevada Day parade on October 28, 2016. The Carson Street improvements are to be paid with the one-eighth-percent sales tax adopted in April 2014. With that funding stream, the City was able to take advantage of historically low interest rates and issued $13,600,000 in bonds to pay for the Downtown Corridor, the Athletic Center and the Animal Shelter. The one-eighth-percent sales tax costs a household $12.50 for every $10,000 in taxable purchases. It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of all sales tax revenues is paid by non-Carson City residents. Water and sewer lines in Carson Street—which were more than 50 years old and overdue for replacement—were replaced using Utility funds that are budgeted for such projects. Construction on the corridor is set to continue onto Curry Street in the Spring of 2018.
The project has multiple benefits for the downtown area, one goal being to replace the utilities under the road. Currently the utilities are outdated and therefore costly to maintain and repair. By making the investment now to upgrade them, we hope to preserve them for longer and at a lower cost.
The aesthetic updates will improve the visual appeal and walkability of Carson Street to help promote tourism and visitor traffic to the area. Similar projects have shown economic benefits in many communities, including decreased commercial vacancy rates, increased retail sales revenues, increased tourism, increased property values and the public investment has led to private investment well beyond the public investment.
The public works department and the Board of Supervisors are dedicated to serving Carson City in any and all capacities. Any and all questions are welcome by contacting the City Engineering Manager, Dan Stucky, at firstname.lastname@example.org.