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Road funds need to be examined

The news that today’s Ellis County Commissioner’s Court budget meeting would likely not go far in addressing the inadequacy of the current system of apportioning road work funds is somewhat frustrating, but we’ve been given a bit of hope in the promise that discussion and action on the need for change is not over.
We give credit to Commissioner Bill Dodson for looking into the ways other counties split up this vital funding to provide a more equitable mechanism for handling the need to work on and build new roadways in developing counties. His district specifically, Precinct 2, is largely rural and carries an inordinately large proportion of heavy truck traffic working on projects throughout the eastern side of Ellis County.

The impact on the roads here has been highlighted in the Ennis Daily News time and again over the past year. Roads on the Bluebonnet Trails were scoured all the way to the base weeks after the festival and trails celebration ended in the spring, for example. At least it wasn’t in the middle of that important tourist season that our roads were damaged so deeply.

There are roads on the southern edge of the district that are so worn they seem almost more a stretch of potholes and gouges than actual road surface. It’s been that way for a long time as the commissioner’s court’s road funding has become more stretched by the increasing cost of supplies and labor has pulled on the budget.

We are fully in support of a funding mechanism that distributes dollars by road miles in the individual precincts.

For now, the population-based system is providing a county road infrastructure that is woefully inadequate in places, and we believe that a hard look at that funding mechanism would reveal the benefits of the switch. Other counties do it for good reason.

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