In 2013 the residents of the City of Barberton passed Issue 8. Issue 8 is a .25% increase in income tax that is dedicated specifically to road improvements. The passage of Issue 8 gives Barberton a dedicated funding source to use towards road resurfacing, reconstruction, and road enhancements. Issue 8 generates over approximately one million dollars a year for street resurfacing and improvement.
In addition to Issue 8 funds the City utilizes permissive license tax funds for street maintenance and improvements. Permissive license tax funds come from vehicle registration fees of vehicles that are registered in the City. Permissive license tax funds can only be used on permissive streets.
The City is constantly looking to leverage tax dollars by researching and applying for grants. Grants assist the City with funding projects it may otherwise not be able to afford. In relation to street and safety improvements the City applies for grants through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), Tranportation Improvement District (TID), and the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) among others.
2021 Grant Funded Projects
2nd St SW
Norton Ave from Barber Rd to Wooster Rd North
Wooster Rd North from Norton Ave to Burt St
The estimated total project costs for this years grant funded projects is $1,174,555.00 with the City only responsible for 20% of the total cost. The City's match for these projects will total approximately $250,000.