Laurel Hill council mulls possible funding for road repairs

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

The city had been using fuel tax money to pick up roadside debris, against Florida statute, Mayor Joan Smith said.

"We are not supposed to be paying for it (debris pickup) out of that fund. Now, we are going to have to take it out of another fund," she said.

Road construction and maintenance, and purchase of transportation facilities, are within the statute's allowances.

Council members suggested opening a checking account to track how the money was being spent on road maintenance.

The council recently sent a letter to Okaloosa County commissioners requesting assistance with repaving unspecified roads.

The city would cover the cost of asphalt, while the county would be responsible for paving the roads, under the proposal.

City leaders sent the letter to Public Works Director John Hofstad, who could bring it before the board of commissioners, Hendren said.

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