(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – More money would mean fewer potholes and more orange barrels on Dearborn County roads.
A report from the Dearborn County Highway Department was given to Dearborn County Commissioners at their Wednesday meeting. The reports said more funding would help improve county roads.
The department does not receive a budgeted amount of funding due to lower tax revenue income since 2009.
Dearborn County Engineer Todd Listerman said at $1 million each year the county can reseal the 460 miles of road it is responsible for every 23 years and resurface them only every 69 years.
The report suggests nearly tripling the funding to $2.875 million each year would allow resealing every eight years and resurfacing every 24 years.
Listerman suggested a wheel tax – charged to motorists per wheel when registering a new vehicle - could help raise $1 million to put towards road maintenance. He added that the county could also rededicate casino revenue which was has been slowly reallocated to other county needs over recent years.
No vote was given by commissioners. Any change in funding for the highway department would have to be approved by Dearborn County Council.