Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Support the county road levy

    Well-maintained county roads and city streets are essential to our community’s infrastructure, so please join us in voting yes on Tuesday, May 20, for the county’s two-year tax levy.  
    The money will go to both county roads and city streets and pay for critical road maintenance. Studies show that doing preventive maintenance now will keep us from having to pay more later.  Instead of paying $3-$8 a square foot for maintenance, according to the county’s website, reconstruction could cost $40-$80 a square foot for major reconstruction if we postpone the work.  
    Some think we should wait for the state or federal government to increase the gas tax.  This hasn’t happened for 20 years. In the meantime, we need to invest in our community because we all use our county roads and city streets. The county has identified the roads that need the greatest work, the cities have their priorities, and, in the long run, the road levy will save money for everyone if we vote  “yes”  on May 20 to make this happen.
Jim and Wendy Jaquet
Blaine County

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