Potholes have become a punch line for out-of-towners and residents alike. Spokane's potholes even have an account on Facebook, from the perspective of the pavement.
"I've lived in other cities and this is by far the worst," Karla Fox said.
Other drivers agree.
"They try to repair, reuse it year over year over year, but it just gets worse," Andy Phan said.
Monroe Street gets a lot of attention from drivers, because of the little attention it seems to be receiving. Monday, Mayor David Condon said Monroe and others like it will be fixed if a new measure passes. He plans to refinance three street and parks bonds to pay for it.
"Just as citizens have refinanced their homes and used the savings to make other investments, we are proposing to refinance several bond measures and gain greater results for the same dollar," Condon said.
Voters passed a 2004 streets bond. While most of the work is complete, it will still take ten years to pay off. The mayor hopes voters to pass a levy at the same rate you're already paying, you'll just pay for a longer period of time.
If passed, your property tax on the levy would continue at 57 cents per $1,000 assessed value for 20 years. It will cost $57 dollars a year if you own a $100,000 home.
A price tag some are comfortable with.
"It's always controversial when you're having to spend money. But you can sit and complain about it or you can pay for it. I think the citizens are going to have to step up and pay for the streets," homeowner Mike McGinnis said.
Condon also proposed a parks bond to "re-energize" Riverfront Park. It would cost property owners $60 million. That's $34 dollars a year if you own a $100,000 home. It's part of the package, where property owners would only pay what they're currently paying. The total cost for all of the proposed work is $732 million. For the roads levy, the Mayor said taxpayers would make up $5 million per year. He says the city could then leverage that, with state and federal matching funds, to $25 million per year.
The city council will need to vote these measures to the November ballot. They're expected to address them this summer.