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Howard County Commissioners Come Up With a Way to Pay For Road Damage Caused by Oil Boom

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HOWARD COUNTY - Howard County has come up with a way to pay for road damage caused by the oil boom.

They are charging a one-time $4,500 fee.

It will apply to all new commercial users that access their property by county roads that include farmers and ranchers.

Commissioners tried last year to apply it to the energy industry only.

However, the State Attorney General says the county can't differentiate.

However, Commissioners say there will be fewer fees applied to agricultural producers simply because they are already established in the area.

That's because oil and gas producers are constantly placing new wells on properties.

The new fees go into effect with the new county budget on October first.