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September 18, 2013

County opts not to pave new ground over roads funding

Commissioners go back and forth over funding formulas before deciding to keep status quo


Early in budget discussions, Renfro called for a change in the formula, calling it inequitable. He said precinct No. 4, on the county’s east side, was generating the most tax revenue, but getting one of the smallest road and bridge allocations. He said that high traffic counts, which wear roads down faster, should be considered in the funding structure as well as the number of miles.

Figures collected by County Auditor Mike Rhoten in July showed that taxable valuations are highest in precinct No. 4, representing some 39 percent of the county’s total $9.4 billion in taxable values. In the current formula, 20 percent of the allocation is based on tax revenue, while 60 percent is based on the number of roadway miles.

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