Stevens County has so far been able to do its road projects without ever having to call for tax levies. But County Coordinator Rebecca Young told the KMRS Community Connection that the Highway Department is already preparing for anticipated funding cuts of 10 to 15 percent – making the long-term outlook difficult to plan for.
“The challenge is, the work continues to get more and more costly. Labor goes up, the cost of materials goes up,” said Young. “And our funding doesn’t match that increase. And so, you look out about five years, we’re starting to spend more of our budget than what’s coming in. And so, that gets to be a challenge.”
The Board of Commissioners met at the Highway Department this week for a 5-Year Planning meeting. In 2021, there will be a paving project east of town and north to Trunk Highway 28 on County Road 1. Three years in advance of that, the plan is to do something similar to the road going north of that.
NOTE: The story has been corrected to indicate the paving project in 2021 on County Road 1. The prior story said the regrading and widening of that road was to be done in 2021. That, in fact, was done this year.