AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents argued at Monday night’s Agawam City Council meeting that the city generates about 1.2-million in motor vehicle excise tax, but only spends about 4% of it improving the roads.
Agawam City Councilor Richard Theroux said he couldn’t confirm the exact numbers, but told 22News to give more funding to roads, would take funding away from another department.
“The issue is this individual thinks we should spend more of the excise tax money but the real issue is trying to get more money from the state and possibly the federal government,” said Theroux.
The state provides Agawam with more than $814,000 a year in Chapter 90 funding, which is specifically designated to improve infrastructure in the town.
Theroux said next year’s budget is being crafted right now, and will be finalized sometime in May. 22News will let you know if any adjustments are made to the motor vehicle excise tax allotment.