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Roads and money: Problems for many

Two problems that face government at all levels are money (finances, revenue, taxes) and roads.

One is too high: taxes, the other expensive and usually under-financed and topic of many governmental meetings.

Both topics bring heated discussions, frustration, more questions than answers and seldom any consensus on solutions.

Fingers are pointed to multi-million dollar projects in nearby communities, while some locations seem to be ignored.

The balancing act between needs, wants, funds and approval is tricky. Claims of favoritism fall thick and heavy when state legislators meet, talk with constituents, and responses, whether favorable or unfavorable, are heard.

It is difficult to continue paying taxes year after year and watch state money for road projects go somewhere else.

A ride anywhere reveals the need for road repairs and paving. The needs increase as developments occur, though not as strongly in a better economy, bringing new roads and streets.

With development comes the need for tax dollars to eventually maintain those streets and roads, while older roads usually get the crumbs.

The Virginia Department of Transportation recently helped out 41 families in Pulaski County by increasing weight restrictions on a small bridge off Brookmont Road into Pond Lick Hollow.

That move is greatly appreciated. However, that is just one project of many in Pulaski County needing attention.

A Case Knife Road resident wants only some gravel and tar on that road, while others have asked for speed limit and other signs to help improve traffic in their areas.

The response? Decreased allocations in state funds continue lengthening six-year plans into 22 years and, dreadfully, probably longer.

Funds decrease in local, state and national coffers, while taxes and fees increase and agencies expand.

What is the solution? Anybody have any answers?





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