If you Live, Work, or Play in Walton County you’re well aware that we could use some road improvements throughout the county.
Welcome To Walton has been tracking this topic since first hearing about the tax when our Founder was in attendance for a completely different subject and at first took issue with the language having only just heard it for the first time.
It was at this moment Uriah felt compelled to learn about roads. Something not on his list of things he wanted to do.
From this point Uriah went on a learning expedition to bring himself up to speed on the topic at hand.
Full speed ahead a few months Uriah caught the following presentation by Chrisitan Bouldin at the September 27th Board of County Commissioners meeting. After hearing this presentation Uriah reached out to Chrisitan to share everything he has researched and found out on transportation. Uriah and Christian are not in any way officially working together but they are both interested in bettering the county. If you’d like to participate in any way with them, please complete the form at the end of this post.
Now please take 20 or so minutes to hear Christian’s story.
Turns out there was and has been a plan to improve the very road that Christian is interested in improving.
You can view the complete List of Identified Transportation Projects by CLICKING HERE. These specific projects on Page 15, items 13 and 14.
But here is an overview.
What we appreciated the most about Christian’s perspective is that he is hyper focused on a solution. Christian has not made public his position on the Referendum as far as we know, and we’ll leave that to him to announce. In the meantime, his efforts are welcomed and applauded. And while we applaud this, we also want to recognize that to no fault of anyone we are typically not involved in government proactively. It’s usually very reactive.
BUT had we as a community paused at any death that could have been prevented by better design even something as simple as sidewalks or a traffic light and said how do we fix this not just at the Traffic Light at 83 or 395 or even here on 393 and instead said how to we improve each road and/or intersection in a proactive manner so that Christian wouldn’t have had to make his plea?
This is the reason Welcome To Walton is so interested in the Transportation Referendum. It’s whole of county, it’s comprehensive, it improves many items beyond just a road like storm water upgrades and complete streets.
There is no doubt to us that projects of this nature should be pursued.
When it comes to the HOW we’re very open to ideas but as of now we only have one serious solution proposed and that is the Walton Referendum.
We favor it mostly because it puts nearly 70% of the funding on the backs of the tourists that are really the reasons why we have traffic challenges in the first place.
If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming referendum please visit our blog post, Walton Referendum.
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