MOUNT VERNON — As the Knox County commissioners approach the deadline for deciding whether to enact the $5 permissive tax fee to help fund bridge and road maintenance by the county engineer, only two members of the public showed up for the public hearing to comment on the proposal.

County Engineer Cameron Keaton repeated his pitch for the fee, which will generate $300,000 to $350,000 for his office. He explained that in the last 10 years, revenue for his office has remained essentially flat, while the cost of asphalt alone has gone up 24.36 percent, which means fewer miles of roads can be resurfaced each year.

Keaton said they are seeking out loans and grants as much as possible, which is how the county is going to be able to replace the Parrott Street bridge in 2019.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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