How will the Stevens Point road project referendum affect Business 51?

STEVENS POINT – On Aug. 9, voters will decide whether to fundamentally change the way Stevens Point handles its road and transportation projects.

A referendum vote will appear on the ballots of Stevens Point voters asking whether an ordinance should be created to require the city to put all road projects costing more than $1 million to a public vote.

The referendum, pushed by Southside business owners, has its roots in the controversy surrounding plans to rebuild Business 51. Supporters say it’s a way to ensure city officials spend tax dollars wisely and would prevent the city from reducing lanes for traffic on Church and Separation streets, adversely affecting existing businesses along the corridor.

Opponents of the referendum say it would cripple city government, make routine road repairs more difficult and discourage economic development.

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