EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - East Grand Rapids city leaders want to fix the roads. The problem is they don't have the money. The topic dominated Monday night's commission meeting.
"It's hard on our cars, it's hard to ride your bike around the lake, it's difficult, and they need to be fixed," says Jane Gray, a lifelong resident of East Grand Rapids.
Monday night, city leaders approved a proposal to ask voters for more money.
"We have a set amount of money that we've been getting, and that's been buying less and less -- and so over the last few years, the roads have been going downward," says East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold.
How far down have they gone? Because of the harsh winters, less than half of the roads are in good or fair condition -- and it gets worse. If they keep the same amount of funding, leaders say that number will drop below 10 percent within eight years.