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  • County, road district continue talks

  • Negotiations continue between the Horseshoe Bend Special Road District and Camden County over a contract and formula that will determine how CART funds will be disbursed to the HBSRD.
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  • Negotiations continue between the Horseshoe Bend Special Road District and Camden County over a contract and formula that will determine how CART funds will be disbursed to the HBSRD.
    The county and Road District have been at odds for several months over the 2011 County Aid Road Trust payment, which the Road District said was short by about $51,000. The county eventually paid the shortfall, but the formula upon which the payment has been based for 20 years is now being renegotiated.
    The HBSRD has not received its 2012 payment, which was due in September.
    “We’re expecting a new contract any day now,” Marcy Meisner, Road District office manager, said.
    The county and Road District have exchanged proposals at least three times.
    “The door is open with the county,” Meisner said. “They’ve been open with us and we have been with them so hopefully we can get something resolved soon.”
     
    2011 shortfall
    Based on the same formula the county and HBSRD have used for 20 years, the Road District had calculated it would receive $313,794.59 for the 2011 payment. Instead, the check was only for $262,928.12 ―a $50,888.47 difference. The county did follow up with the balance after the error was discovered, and the two sides are working toward an amicable solution.
    Road District officials said in August that the shortfall had put them in a bind, especially with the extensive damage to HBSRD roads caused by flash flooding. The budgeting process for next year has begun but can’t be completed until a compromise is worked out.
    Road District officials noted that road districts do not own the roads ―the county owns them. The HBSRD only maintains the roads within its district. The Road District cannot take on any additional roads without the official approval of the County Commission.
     
     

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