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Opinion: County road funding is needed

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Becker County has a problem. The $2.7 million a year it receives from the state to repair and maintain county state aid highways isn’t enough to do the job.

The actual cost is closer to $3.5 million a year.

Part of that is due to the higher cost of petroleum-based products like asphalt. In 2003, it cost $73,000 per mile to put an asphalt overlay on an existing highway.

It now costs $171,000 per mile, a 133 percent increase. County revenues simply have not kept up.

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