Gas Prices Slow Down Callaway Road Repairs
Some companies can not afford gas prices, so they're passing the cost on to their customers. And truck drivers like Morris Earp feel the consequences.
"Our highest expense is the fuel, fuel goes up, can't get increases in pay," said Earp.
Callaway County also feels the effects first-hand. The county had to pull about $200,000 from other parts of its budget to pay for fuel. The county has about 15 bridges that need repairs, but only two will get them while the rest have to wait. The county's also delaying road repairs. And officials say budget cuts could also affect residents' safety.
"We could use two or three more deputies right now, but we don't have the funds to pay for them," said commissioner Lee Fritz. "And, as you see on the news every night, the crime and burglaries and things like that, have been on the rise."
With no end in sight for high gas prices, the county doesn't expect next year to be much different. So, for now, Earp and other residents might have to cut back on doing what they want.
"Costs a lot more to go fishing," said Earp, "so I just don't go as much."
Callaway County will fix potholes first this winter, but doesn't know when it can start other road repairs. If Callaway County can't find another way to raise more money, it might have to add another tax.