TACIR says White County needs approximately $134.4 million for public infrastructure

By | February 12, 2018 6:24 am

According to recently released studies, Tennessee needs at least $45 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2016 through June 2021, according to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

TACIR, has worked with local and state agencies to compile its latest infrastructure cost report. According to TACIR’s latest annual report, White County is in need of approximately $134.4 million in public infrastructure improvements, which is a decrease of $2.8 million (2.0 percent) since last year’s report.

The 2018 annual report, which is based on information provided by state and local officials, shows an increase of $2 billion in the entire states infrastructure needs the May 2017 report.

According to the statewide report, the top three areas identified as top priority were:

  • Transportation – approximately $24.2 billion
  • Post-secondary education – approximately $4.9 billion
  • Water and wastewater – approximately $4.7 billion

According to TACIR, local officials have reported that White County’s top three areas of need are:

  • Transportation – approximately $57.7 million
  • Industrial sites and parks – approximately at $40.0 million
  • Water and wastewater – approximately $13.3 million

Less than a third of the money needed to meet Tennessee’s public infrastructure needs has been identified. Statewide, officials are confident that $10.9 billion (31 percent) will be available for the $34.9 billion in needs for which funding information is collected in this year’s report.

Approximately $9.4 million (7.6 percent) of the $123.0 million total funding needed to meet White County’s infrastructure needs has been identified.

TACIR stated in its 2018 annual report, out of Tennessee’s 95 counties, White County ranked:

  • 55th in total population (26,653)
  • 35th in population change between 2000 and 2016 (3,522)
  • 27th in population growth rate since 2000 (15.2%)
  • 49th in population density at 71 people per square mile
  • 53rd in total estimated infrastructure needs ($134.4 million)
  • 56th in total estimated infrastructure needs per capita ($5,041)
  • 37th in total public school needs per student ($2,950)

Additionally, this report is the only source of statewide information on the condition of public school buildings and the cost to place them in good or better condition. According to state school officials, 91.9 percent of local public schools statewide are now in good or excellent condition.

Officials in White County did not rate any of their school buildings as less than good overall. Local officials estimate the cost to upgrade or maintain existing schools to good or better condition is approximately $11.3 million for the White County school system.

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