When the 2006 fiscal year begins on Saturday, the county's road and bridge department will have around $1 million less to work with.
This year, plans were to resurface a 10-mile stretch of Coffee County Road 708 from the Bollweevil Circle in Enterprise, to the Geneva County Line. That project has been shelved "indefinitely.” Coffee County engineer says the price of fuel increases, but the amount in tax revenue actually "declines.”
Something's got to give.
In the road and bridge department, money will be saved by not filling vacant employee positions. For those workers, they've been told to conserve fuel whenever, and wherever possible. Whether it's diesel, or unleaded gasoline, every drop counts.
County officials say the 2006 repaving and road striping projects have "not" disappeared, they've simply been "shelved" for now.
In Coffee County local officials say fortunately, Houston and Coffee counties have the highest rated state roadways according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.