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Washtenaw Road Director Says House Bill Will Burden Taxpayers

Dec 16, 2015

Credit wcroads.org

  Washtenaw County officials are advising against a new state road bill.


 

The bill would require MDOT and county transportation departments to give telecom companies a one year notice if road work will necessitate moving utility lines. It’s either a notice, or the department will have to reimburse telecom companies.

Roy Townsend is the managing director for the Washtenaw County Road Commission. He’s against the bill.

 

Townsend says,

 

“The reason we’re opposed to it is, I’m not sure why as a government entity we are subsidizing for-profit corporations like ATT and Comcast when they make millions of dollars a year.”

Townsend says the bill will place a financial burden on taxpayers and the road commission.

 

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