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County backs down on road fees

October 22, 2013

Howard County officials have decided that maybe road access permits aren’t such a good idea, after all.

Faced with the threat of litigation from oil businesses and other commercial entities, commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rescind a recently approved road access permit program.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved a $4,500 fee for commercial interests wishing to build driveways and other access points onto county roads. After several business concerns complained that the fee was excessive, commissioners later reduced the fee to $2,500.

Apparently, that did not mollify business representatives, who threatened litigation over the fee program.

After a lengthy teleconference with legal representatives in closed session, commissioners quickly rescinded the permit fee by a 4-0 vote (Commissioner Jimmie Long was absent).

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