Judge Barr sees positive 2012 for county

Elevated mineral and oil valuations have the coming year looking good, according to Howard County Judge Mark Barr, who said the county still faces a number of serious — yet manageable — issues.

One of those issues, according to Barr, will be the state of county roads, most notably those traveled by oil and energy companies on the counties outer edges.

“The oil boom has caused an increase in the amount of traffic on our county roads,” Barr said. “Because of the increase in valuations, it’s a nice problem to have. Unfortunately, it also causes a lot of wear and tear on the roadways, and that’s something we’re going to have to address in our 2012-2013 budget later this year.”

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