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Infrastructure repairs can’t be put off any longer

April 9th, 2012 8:31 am by Staff Report

Infrastructure repairs can’t be put off any longer

As Press staff writer Gary B. Gray reported last week, the residents of Bulldog Miller Road now have a clean and reliable water source. For years now, people who live in this tiny community have had to tote their drinking water from other areas. Local wells had become contaminated, which was why residents turned to county officials and state lawmakers for help.
Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant, the residents of Bulldog Miller Road have seen some of their federal tax dollars returned to their community. The plight of this community is not much different than that of people living in other secluded neighborhoods all across this nation.
State and local governments face a crisis when it comes to meeting the basic utility and transportation needs of a nation that now sees bridges crumbling, water systems failing and highways pockmarked with potholes.
This crumbling infrastructure is a serious problem. Aging roads, bridges and schools present a public safety hazard. Inadequate water supplies pose real obstacles to the health and economic well-being of many communities.
It’s time for public officials to begin serious planning and prioritizing for the future. Failure to do so will leave the next generation of Americans without the schools, roads and public utilities it will need to compete in the global economy.
Elected officials must do a better job of deciding which projects should go to the top of the list and how they will be paid for. And politicians have to do a better job of making the case for these infrastructure improvements to taxpayers who feel they are already being asked to do too much.

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