Gallaher added, “It’s an necessary motive to maneuver proper now, supplies are going up and getting more durable to get.”
Gross said that the county might presently fund the bridge if completely obligatory.
“That’s why we’re shifting, that’s why the massive push. A number of months in the past, Harold requested us and Dave [Kater] to have a look at some avenues of funding, since we’ve this CARES Act funding coming in, ARP, what we will do. We did discover sufficient cash that the county can again the bridge if want be.
“However, we’re actually anticipating utilizing some federal funds. Gross sales tax has been on the rise for the final 14 months since COVID hit. We’ve been at the very least 6% larger on our gross sales tax than any time earlier than. Final month was 14.23%.”
Everybody concerned agreed that they merely didn’t anticipate this sort of cash flowing into the county proper now.
“We went into this considering there could be a drop in funds again when COVID hit,” Gallaher stated.
In response to Gross, the county has at all times checked out another approach to fund the bridge.
“However the choices we had three years in the past have been simply not possible,” he stated. “It’s not that Commissioners Mullins and Wilkinson have been against the venture, that they had checked out methods to fund it. On the time, it simply wasn’t doable.”