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McGaha's State Budget news like Christmas in April for local leaders
Senator McGaha announces $56.32 million in funding for roads in 2006-07 State Budget. Western Bypass set for September this year. Scoping Study for Eastern Bypass included in budget. City Hall gets expansion money. Little League gets $100,000. One million dollars to build Shepherd Water Storage Tank.
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By Ed Waggener
Adair County native Senator Vernie McGaha had awesome news for his hometown and county at an 8:00 a.m. press conference held this morning at the Columbia and Adair County Training & Development Center.
For the leaders packed into the center conference room, the announcements were like Christmas in April.
In all, Senator McGaha said that Adair County has $56,320,000 in funding for roads, plus big allocations for for water, sewer, and for an addition to City Hall, and the Little League Park.
A very important announcement was for a "Scoping Study" allocation for an Eastern Bypass for Columbia. "I want to see a New Circle Road around Columbia," Senator McGaha said.
The New Circle he describes would be more of a triangle, with the Louie B. Nunn Parkway as its base, and with the Western Bypass, a huge bulge on the other side.
The meeting room on the bottom floor of the Center was filled to overflowing, with many elected officials, many important business and civic leaders, and a large turnout of candidates in attendance.
Adair County fared well
"Adair County has fared quite well," Senator McGaha said. "I hope all this will help move Adair County ahead. You know," he said, "the yards in Adair County are quite fruitful. They are well fertilized. They are even growing signs," he quipped.He paid tribute to the Lake Cumberland Area Development District's Donna Diaz, who was in attendance.
He said that he believes the Governor will call a special session to give tax relief for small businesses caught up in the states Alternative Minimum Tax, which levies minimum taxes based on revenues, regardless of profits.
Local leaders praise news, Senator McGaha
Mayor Pat Bell, praised Senator McGaha, "I hope we have you for many years," and added, "I hope we'll have the moxie to be good stewards of what we've gotten in this budget, so years from now you'll look back and be pleased you had a hand in it."
Robert Flowers, chairman of the Columbia Utilities Commission, thanked Senator McGaha for the sewer grants. "Columbia is a beautiful place with a lot of hills and hollows," Flowers said, "but that means that sometimes sewage has to be pumped uphill. The money for the lift station is very important. We're glad to call you our own."
He also received special thanks from the county judge, the sheriff, and the little league.
Dough McCammish asked Senator McGaha what is at the top of the list for the future. He was answered, "Probably, that we all are able to work together. Communities don't change until everybody gets together."
He praised those who lobby for grants for their communities, saying he found it helpful.
Rep. Russ Mobley of Campbellsvile had been scheduled to appear at the news conference but did not.
This story was posted on 2006-04-14 11:47:10
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