'Safety net' no longer there for county road maintenance

<I>Corey Wicks/Chieftain</I><BR>Unless the 2007 Congressional delegation from Oregon can persuade its colleagues in Washington D.C., to reinstate the Secure Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act, road projects may be challenging for the county to afford.

The latest session of the U.S. Congress ended without the reauthorization of the Secure Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act, which means that Wallowa County may lose about $900,000 that would have gone into the county road budget.

"If it goes away and stays away, we're going to have to make some serious cuts," said Wallowa County Commission Chairman Mike Hayward last week regarding the so-called "safety net" bill.

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