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Santa Rosa County road paving project

SANTA ROSA COUNTY   --  Santa Rosa - Soon there may be fewer dirt roads to travel in Santa Rosa County.
The Public Works Department could be allowed to dip into a reserve fund to help increase the amount of money they put towards road repairs.
   
The program was cut back in 2007 during the down turn of the economy.
 Danny Graham lives in Milton and takes his horses up and down dirt roads all the time.
   
But, when it comes to driving his truck he says paved roads are the way to go.
"Definitely something well needed there and we really appreciate all of that especially with your vehicle of course," said Danny Graham.

But, some roads are in bad shape because of cutbacks.
Each district in the county used to receive nearly $300,000 a year to repair and repave roads..
              
But, in 2007 the county cut those funds in half.
So, over the past seven years, they've only been able to fix seven to eight roads a year.
   
But, now that the economy is bouncing back the public works department is asking commissioners to approve an extra $150,000 so they can play catch up on repairs.

The money would come from the county's gas tax set aside in a reserve fund.

If approved the county will be able to repair 10 to 12 roads a year.
But some say paving the dirt roads isn't needed.

"It's nice to have them out here, so you can go ride on them so I'm kind of disappointed they're paving it," said Jace Baxley.

Santa Rosa County Commissioners will decide to approve this issue on Thursday.