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POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:03pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 8:41pm

Many streets around El Paso are cracking and have potholes that can make driving unpleasant, even dangerous. Now, the city is considering options to make repairs.

But the project could take longer than anyone expected.

"At the rate we're going, it would take us 200 years to actually go throughout the city and resurface and reconstruct the street," said City Rep Emma Acosta.

The Department of Transportation met with city representatives on Tuesday.

"We talked about pavement conditions of our streets, right quality of our streets and if we want to get on a 30-year plan," said Daryl Cole.

The department said 30 years is the average lifespan of road pavement.

City Rep Emma Acosta said it's time to do something about potholes and other street problems.

"We need to make sure they're taking care of our streets. We need to take care of our infrastructure in our community before it fails us. And it's already beginning to fail,” said Acosta. “Maybe we need to put this item on the quality of life bond and say of this is how much we're going to allocate for streets for the next 30 years and have people vote on that."

Acosta believes taxes should go up to help pay for repairs. Some city reps are upset that funding for street repairs unfairly favors the west side.

"District 1 and 8 seem to have 50 percent of the funding and then the other 50 percent was divided among six other districts."

"I think it's unfair, I think the citizens of El Paso shouldn't stand for it and demand that every part of town be treated equally," said City Rep Eddie Holguin.

Holguin said he will not support a vote unless the money is divided equally among all city districts.

"I will not advocate for a tax increase," said Holguin. "How do you in good conscious ask the taxpayers as a whole in the entire city to pay more taxes when 50 percent of that money goes to one part of town."

City council and the Department of Transportation will meet again next month to discuss the various options to fix El Paso's streets.

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New taxes would help the entire El Paso area. We should not be worried about it helping one district. It might be the district that needs it the most. As a whole it helps make El Paso easier to travel on.

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