Letters to the Editor

Letter: Unintended, expensive consequences possible in highway district consolidation

To the Editor:

The recent story on township consolidation story by Ed Komenda (HEADLINE, PAGE DATE) indicated positive movement on passage of HB 4637. State Senator Terry Link is planning on bringing it to a vote in the veto session.

There was no discussion of the possible "unintended" consequences that could occur if this bill passes. I have seen little discussion on the technical matters involving road regulations that are at the heart of this issue.

County roads and township roads have different legislative "standards" to comply with regulations. If the township roads come under the auspices of the county, will they need to be brought up to county standards. This could cost taxpayers approximately $1 million a mile.

While consolidation has merit, a rush to judgement could end up costing the taxpayer instead of saving taxes.

Larry Spaeth

Harvard

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