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  • Our view: Road district agreement was a long time coming

  • The good news is that a deal has been worked out between Camden County and the Horseshoe Bend Road District regarding funding that flows through the county to the district.
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  • The good news is that a deal has been worked out between Camden County and the Horseshoe Bend Road District regarding funding that flows through the county to the district.
    The bad news is that it was a messy, months-long process precipitated by the presiding commissioner’s arbitrary actions.
    Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken withheld more than $50,000 of pass-through state tax revenue. When he was taken to task by the road district and the matter became public, Franken backed off. Called it a mistake and moved on.
    The district got their money but not without taking the commissioner to task in public.
    Interestingly, in this particular case, the commissioner made his move on a reasonable basis. The 20-year-old agreement between the district and the county needed updating. Sadly, the commissioner’s precipitous action in not handing over the money just made a tangle that it has taken all this time to sort out.
    The HBRD is perhaps the best organized, best run road district in the lake area. They have done good work over the years maintaining a twisting web of roadways that lead to some of the lake’s biggest profit centers. The district has been a value to residents, business owners and the county.
    The new agreement is reasonable, annually renewable and gives both the county and the district a solid footing upon which to make informed budget decisions. It represents what should have been done to begin with.
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