Local Officials Say Washington Trip Went Well
“We were there two days and out from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon calling on various folks, including both of our Senators and several Congressman and their staffs, to tell the Toccoa-Stephens County story and make a pitch for more money for our community.” Stephens County Commission Vice-Chair Dean Scarborough echoed those comments, noting that the group met with a number of Congressmen who sit on Appropriations Committees that control federal funding. Scarborough said that the trip provided an opportunity to bring up a number of topics with federal leaders. “We got to sell our message,” said Scarborough. “We took several messages that we specifically wanted to sell. We talked about Wilbros, our sewer infrastructure, Highway 17.” According to Austin, some legislators say there is a possibility that Congress will consider re-authorizing the 2007 bill that authorized $8 million in federal funding for a sewer expansion project in Stephens County. That money was never appropriated.
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