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Voters to decide fate of county road in Primary

by Molly McRoberts

Tuesday’s primary election will give voters an opportunity to decide the future of County Road #155. The 16 miles stretch of road runs from Gettysburg to the Walworth County line and is also known as 311th Street. The road is in need of repair and chip sealing, and the cost for the project is estimated at $1.4 million. Paved roads also require chip sealing every six years, which costs roughly $600,000. For a cost of $320,000, the road can be milled and returned to gravel. The road has been paved since the 1960s. At the encouragement of county residents who live near CR #155, the county commission voted to opt out of the tax levy in the amount of $200,000 for 10 years. The opt out would begin this year for taxes payable in 2013. In order to continue providing the paved road maintenance, a tax of 51 cents per $1,000 valuation would be levied to generate the money needed. The opt-out would be for all property owners in the county. A petition brought the decision to a vote of the people during the June 5 primary election. The total budget for the Potter County Highway Department this year is $1,631,663. Stories regarding the road and opt out were published in the Feb. 23 and March 15 editions of the News. A complete resolution was published in the March 15 edition.