Much to the displeasure of representatives from all nine of the county's township boards, Douglas County commissioners indicated Thursday that they want to study a change in township road maintenance.
At a joint meeting of elected township officials, county commissioners Bob Johnson and Charles Jones said they wanted to study an idea to shift maintenance of the county's rural road system from the townships to the county.
Both Johnson and Jones said they believe the change may result in more efficiency rather than duplicating efforts.
County Commissioner Jere McElhaney said he was opposed to the idea. McElhaney said that the change would only result in bigger government.
None of the township representatives expressed support for the idea, and several said they were certain the quality of road maintenance would go down and taxes would go up.
Jones and Johnson said despite the opposition the idea was still worth studying, noting that 67 of the state's 105 counties have a countywide road system.
It is not known when it will be before the commission.