Lobbyist to aid with gas tax legislation

Published 11:00 pm Monday, January 28, 2013

The Pike County Commission met with a short agenda Monday night.

Among the items discussed was the status of the proposed local gas tax legislation resolution voted on by the commission at last meeting.

The gas tax legislation, if passed, would increase Pike County’s gas tax from $.04 to $.09. The money would be earmarked to resurface and repair county roads and bridges and purchase equipment.

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County Attorney Allen Jones reported that lobbyist Jeff Miller will be trying to push the legislation along in a timely fashion, but the resolution must move through Rep. Alan Boothe and then be drafted as a bill before coming back to Pike County for proper advertisement. The bill would then go back to Boothe and the State Legislature for further consideration.

Also at the meeting, the commission voted on an agreement that would continue to allow the Troy City Planning Commission and Troy City Council to regulate and approve subdivisions built within Troy Police jurisdiction. Last year, the Legislature passed a law giving the responsibility of approving subdivisions outside city limits to the county, but allowed for individual counties to opt out.

County Engineer Russell Oliver told the commission that the county has left over federal aid money, but a plan to use that money must be in place by May 1 or the county will forfeit the funds. The commission voted to approve a project on County Road 1135 to avoid letting the money go unused.

The next scheduled Pike County Commission meeting will be held on Feb. 11. At a property owner’s request, the commission will later hold a hearing on March 11 to consider vacating County Road 3317.