Officials hopeful about road funding

GREENFIELD — Hancock County Highway Engineer Joe Copeland has four words when it comes to legislative chatter on more money for local roadwork.

“I can only hope,” Copeland said.

Last week, the House Ways and Means committee discussed three bills that would boost funding for road maintenance in counties, cities and towns.

While the bills have yet to make it out of committee, local lawmakers say this could be the year that something is changed. After all, Hancock County officials are not the only ones feeling the pinch of stagnant revenue with increasing cost of materials.

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