New tax for county road projects a possibility


Nobody likes new taxes, but, at times, they’re the only way to get local projects completed. At the Aug. 6 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Highway Engineer Virgil Hawkins came before the board to discuss future county road projects and the potential funding gap.
Hawkins explained that the issue had been discussed at the July 21 transportation committee of the whole meeting and that, over the past 20 years, costs for transportation projects have increased about 300 percent while available funding has not kept pace. The result has been a deterioration of the condition of the county’s highway system. As a result of this funding gap, much-needed reconstruction projects have been delayed.
As things currently stand, the funding gap will result in the delay or reduction of several projects scheduled for 2015 and beyond.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.