Voters on Horseshoe Bend will be asked Tuesday to extend an existing 35-cent extra tax levy for four more years for the Horseshoe Bend Special Road District No. 1.
Road District officials say the extension is needed to maintain the current level of service that has been in place since the levy was first adopted in 1963.
The road district encompasses about 160 miles of public roads on Horseshoe Bend including Flynn Road and Hidden Acres in Lake Ozark. A little less than half ― about 40 percent ― of the road district’s annual operating budget is generated by the levy. The balance comes from several different sources including public utility and road and bridge taxes and the Four Seasons Property Owners Association (POA). The POA and Road District agreed in 2008 to take over maintenance of and then upgrade all POA-owned roads. That involves 17.4 miles of paved and 3.93 miles of unpaved private roads. In return, the POA agreed to turn over just more than $3.5 million to the road district in eight yearly payments ending in 2015.
Road District crews will be resurfacing many of the shorter roads starting this spring including Acacia Court, Bonnie Point, Brandon Terrace, Columbus Court, Comanche Road, Crabapple Circle, Ginseng Court, Joyce's Point, Maplewood Court, Marie Court, Marie Road, Oriole Road, Pawnee Road, Robin Road, Ute Road, Wisteria Point and Zebra Road. Also scheduled for repaving this year are Outer Road and Center Road.
The District also maintains a system of hiking and biking trails, although trails within the Village of Four Seasons are funded by the Village.