Redirection of road funds brings opposition from Clarkston resident

Redirection of road funds brings opposition from Clarkston resident »Play Video
Public Works Director said using funds for other county use is a common practice.
CLARKSTON, WA - The Asotin County Commission is once again shifting road funds for the 2014 year so they can use it for other county matters.

The decision was made Monday morning to move nearly $600,000 from the County Road Fund into the General Fund for next year. That's in conjunction with a one-percent property tax increase the state allows at the end of every year.

The vote was met with opposition by some locals who said the roads need more care from the Public Works Department.

"What we just did is we increased the amount of money in the road department to make it available to shift it for other things," said Asotin County resident, Rick Rogers. "It seems to me that the levy needs to be adjusted to be accurate as to what the needs really are across all the accounts."

Public Works Director Jim Bridges said it's a common practice across the state to redirect road funds for other county use. A majority of those funds help the criminal justice budget which is nearly three-fourths of the total county budget.