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Rising Gas Prices Hit County Budgets Hard

By Reagan ConnellyWith gas prices skyrocketing all over the country, Jefferson County departments are being hit hard.At the Jefferson County Commissioners meeting on June 21, the county highway department reported they are about 20 percent over budget on fuel costs.Jason Eyer with the highway department reported that he believed they are about $30,000 over budget, as far as he knew, but they would know for sure by the end of this month.The financial difficulty will result in some difficult decisions for the county.“It’s going to go back to, if no one lives on that road, it’s either going to get less gravel or just let it go back to dirt,” Ey...

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