County Approves Road Bond Issue

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Threats by one supervisor to join a possible petition drive to force a bond issue to a public referendum disappeared when it came time for the actual vote.

The measure passed by a 4 to 1 vote and had the support of District 5's Ray Boswell.

"It's going to be pretty hard to vote for this issue, but it's also going to be hard for me not to vote for it, because the people of District 5 need to have as many good roads as anybody else," said Boswell.

The one 'no' vote was cast by District 3's Craig Hitt, who said he favored the bond issue but not the amount.

"I was comfortable with the $3.55 million. I was satisfied we could do that without a tax increase and set it up on a 10 year basis and pay it off," said Hitt. "I'm not that comfortable with the $3.8 million and that was the reason I voted against it."

"In order for us to pave any roads in this county we needed a bond issue and I'm happy we were successful in passing it," said board president Joe Norwood.

"The way the work will actually take place is that District 5 does have the greatest percentage of roads and the greatest percentage of dirt roads and I'm sure that most of that money, not most, but a greater percentage of that money will be allocated toward District 5," Norwood said.

Norwood said the money will be allocated according to need, some of it for overlays, some to pave dirt roads.

District 1 has seven miles of dirt roads. District 2 has 44 miles. District 3 has 28 miles. District 4 has eight miles and District 5 has 108 miles.