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Munson wants road budget upped

February 15, 2006|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Washington County Commissioner John C. Munson on Tuesday demanded that county staff members add $1 million to the budget for road repairs after being told the budget wasn't going to live up to a goal of $5 million.

Last year, the commissioners said they supported putting $5 million a year over five years into the Pavement Maintenance Program.

Public Works Director Gary Rohrer told the County Commissioners at a meeting that a little more than $4 million is proposed for the program in fiscal year 2007.

"Obviously, we'd like to get the $5 million, but we're just not there," Rohrer said.

"Did you change what we said last year?" Munson asked. "If you jacked that around, jack it back. You eliminate something else and put it to the roads."

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Commissioner Doris J. Nipps asked Munson what he thought County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop should cut to add the $1 million to road repairs.

"Whatever he wants," Munson said.

The county's proposed capital budget for fiscal years 2007 to 2012 doesn't hit the $5 million goal until fiscal year 2010.

It is proposed to be $3.75 million in fiscal year 2008 and $4.25 million in fiscal year 2009.

The budget jumps to $5 million from fiscal year 2010 through 2012.

"You guys aren't doing what we asked, and you hope that we'll forget it," Munson said.

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