Right now, the county is allowing paved roads to back to gravel. Paved roads that we paid for, and now can chalk up as a total loss. Taxes, I realize, are not a favorite topic and no one wants to pay more. But if we as citizens decide we would like to pursue this at the very least we have the opportunity to say we want a special road tax for the second district and it is only for our roads, and cannot be taken from our roads. Maybe then we can see actual improvements, instead of promised improvements every couple of years.

The recent flooding and torrential downpours have created more issues on many of our second district roads, and I doubt we truly see much improvement considering that the road budget simply didn’t allow for flooding. 

Every election within the second district promises are made about what to do bring second districts roads up to par. Last election cycle even spurred on one employee of Road and Bridge to run for the second dDistrict commissioner position, and his main topic, roads. It isn’t what is going to be done to maintain current roads because the majority need more than simple maintenance. 

It’s about finding a solution to adequately bring the roads up to the point of maintaining. An individual I was talking with says next the county is going to want to pass a tax hike. That is probably true, and it is probably what is needed. 

BUT…. Not a tax hike intended for roads and when a shortfall happens within the county as a whole, funds are redirected out of the Road and Bridge to plug the deficit, but a tax (Special Road District tax) that can only be designated for Road and Bridge and no other county entity can take it. While still maintain, 0.11 cents per $100 to go to Road and Bridge. 

If we could vote on something within that structure, I would say yes. I think it would be something we citizens in the second district could actually benefit from. With better roads we would have less vehicle repair, we would be buying less tires. That alone would save enough out of our monthly budgets that paying a few extra dollars on a tax bill would still have us with more of our earnings in our pocket. And maybe down the road we can get a paved road, which is not even a thought at this time. 

Right now, the county is allowing paved roads to back to gravel. Paved roads that we paid for, and now can chalk up as a total loss. Taxes, I realize, are not a favorite topic and no one wants to pay more. But if we as citizens decide we would like to pursue this at the very least we have the opportunity to say we want a special road tax for the second district and it is only for our roads, and cannot be taken from our roads. 

Maybe then we can see actual improvements, instead of promised improvements every couple of years.