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Extra money could help pave dirt roads in Okaloosa County

Dirt roads in the northern part of Okaloosa County could be paved with extra money from the half cent surtax. (WJHG/WECP)
Dirt roads in the northern part of Okaloosa County could be paved with extra money from the half cent surtax. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 3:42 PM CST
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Okaloosa County has 190 miles of dirt roads, and soon some of those could be paved.

The county's half cent surtax has brought in an extra $4 million.

Commissioner Nathan Boyles proposed using part of that extra cash to pave dirt roads in the northern part of the county.

He says this would end up saving taxpayers money because dirt roads cost more to maintain than paved roads.

"So, a dirt road in Okaloosa County costs a little over $6,000 a year to maintain, a paved road is $2,000, so we'll be able to take those cost savings from paving those 50 miles of roads and then ultimately put those dollars back into paving more miles of road in Okaloosa County," said Boyles.

The Board of County Commissioners still has to approve Boyles' proposal.

If approved, paving could begin by the end of this year.

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