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REPORT SHOWS ROANE COUNTY’S PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TOTAL $390 MILLION

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Tennessee needs at least $43.4 billion of public infrastructure improvements to be in some stage of development during the five-year period of July 2015 through June 2020. Public infrastructure improvements for Roane County total $390 million, a decrease of $18.7 million (4.6%) since last year’s report, according to a new report released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). The county’s total estimated cost for new or improved infrastructure is $7,393 per capita, compared with $6,578 per capita statewide. Roane County’s estimated transportation needs per capita amount to $4,717, higher than the statewide estimate of $3,702 per capita. Roane County reported new public schools and additions infrastructure needs at $948 per capita, higher than the statewide average of $369 per capita. As for recreation infrastructure improvements, Roane County reported $453 per capita, which is higher than the statewide average of $178 per capita. Less than half of the money needed to meet Tennessee’s public infrastructure needs has been identified. Of the $33.9 billion in needs for which the availability of funding was reported statewide, officials are confident that $12.5 billion (37%) of that amount will be available. About $205.3 million (54.2%) of the $378.6 million total funding needed to meet Roane County’s infrastructure needs has been identified. Officials in Roane County did not rate any of their school buildings as less than good overall. This compares favorably with the statewide figure of 8.1% of school buildings that are in less than good condition. Local officials estimate the cost to upgrade or maintain existing schools to good or better condition at $3.7 million for the Roane County school system. The cost to bring all areas of all Tennessee public school buildings up to good condition is $2,314 per student statewide compared with $763 per student in Roane County.

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