ANDERSON — The county has already spent $63,000 on patching roads in 2008.

Scott Harless, superintendent of highway, reported to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning that the department would need between $200,000 and $250,000 more this year for strip patching.

“That’s just where the mud has come back to the surface,” he said.

In 2007, the county spent $75,000 total for the year to fix the roads after the winter, and in 2006, the county spent $94,000.

Part of the need for more money comes from rising oil and rock costs, said Commissioner Paul Wilson, D-South District.

In 2006, the materials to fix a mile of road cost between $7,000 and $10,000. The costs have almost doubled, said Chuck Leser, county engineer, with an estimation of $16,000 to $19,000 for the same materials this year.

“There’s not enough money to do what we need to do to fix them properly,” said John Richwine, R-North District. “This kind of winter really brought to the forefront what kind of roads we have.”

With neglect and lack of funds, citizens are left with roads littered with potholes, Richwine said.

“Everything highway does is energy-based,” he said. “When you go to the pump and you’re paying twice as much as you were two years ago, we’re paying twice as much to do everything.”

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