Buttars concerned about sufficient funds for Cache County roads

<span>As a current member of the Cache County Council, Craig Buttars sees many  financial challenges when he takes over as the elected Cache County Executive at the first of the year.</span>

<span>On KVNU’s Crosstalk program </span><span><span>Friday,</span></span><span> Buttars said one of the most serious  problems faced by the council is where to get the money needed for roads.</span>

<span>Buttars said the Class B road fund where much of the counties’ money for roads comes from has been getting smaller because it comes from fuel tax. With cars getting more efficient, he said, there has been less money from fuel tax.</span>

<span>”In the same breath we are also paying more for our road maintenance,” Buttars said. “In the past nine or 10 years we have seen about a 10% increase, actually, in the funding we’ve received from the state in the road tax.</span>

<span>”But our expenses, as far as materials to maintain the roads, have increased substantially more than that.”</span>

<span>Buttars said the county needs to be chip-sealing 30 miles of road a year to keep up with maintenance needs. Right now he said only five to 10 miles of work is being done and without more money some roads may have to be turned back into gravel. Buttars is spearheading a working group that will  meet with the legislature and hopefully come up with transportation funding.</span>

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