Springfield weighs options on funding street repairs

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- New fees or higher local gas taxes might be in the future for Springfield residents, as the city looks to raise money for some street repairs.

The city council is weighing the options on how to pay for maintaining and fixing some of the roadways across Springfield.

Public Works leaders say the backlog of needed repairs has hit the $22 million mark.

While nothing's been decided yet, Brian Conlon of Public Works says the money could come from options like a bond election.

"(Or) an increase in local fuel taxes or possibly implementation of a utility fee," said Conlon.

The city council this week asked public works to return in January with a full report, before officials decide if they'll poll the public on street repairs.