Howard County Considering Alternative County Road Repair Funding 9/26/12
CBS 7 News
September 26, 2012
Big Spring - Howard County Commissioners approved a budget and tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year and part of that budget will be for repairing roads in the county.
An increase in oil field traffic is what officials say is to blame for bumpy county roads.
They say to repair the roads it would cost $22 million.
They'll be able to set aside $500,000 for road repairs this year out of their newly approved budget, but they're also looking for alternative ways to raise money such as charging oil companies that drill out in the county.
"We send a bill to the oil company if they're drilling there. They say "x amount" of money you're going to put into our road and bridge fund," Howard County Judge Mark Barr said.
Commissioners are currently looking at other counties that had payments from oil companies to see how likely it would be to bring that form of payment to Howard County.