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Show Me The Money: Roanoke City

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ROANOKE -

It's common knowledge that taxes pay for basic amenities like education, police, firefighters, economic development, etc.

But there are other areas your tax dollars go toward too, like bridges, criminals, and trash.

If you live in Roanoke City you're paying for all of them and it isn't cheap.

After digging through the city's payment registries, I've highlighted a few areas you might not know your tax dollars pay for.

For this story we focused on the January to May 2013 timetable.

One of those areas is housing young criminals.

The city spent more than $440,000 on its portion of the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

The detention center's expenses are shared with Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke counties as well as the city of Salem.

Since it only holds people for six months or longer, the city must also find a way to house juveniles on a shorter stay.

CLICK HERE to search Roanoke City's Payment Registry for May 2013

That lead to Roanoke City paying about $49,000 in taxpayer money to send those juveniles to the city of Lynchburg, which runs the closest short term facility.

Another area I focused on is bridge maintenance and repair.

The Star City spent more than $37,000 on bridge maintenance and engineering.

In February alone more than $25,000 was spent.

According to the city it is required by law to make sure bridges are regularly inspected.

You also might not know that your tax dollars pay for trash to be picked up at condominiums throughout the Star City.

According to Roanoke Assistant City Manager Sherman Stovall, the city reimburses different condominium associations for trash removal since they aren't included in the city's trash pickup route.

In all, from January through May, nearly $21,000 was spent on the reimbursements.

According to the payment registries, the pickup cost varied from more than $9,000 in April to only around $1,000 in May.

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