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Funds exchange gives county more flexibility

Although, state making changes to program

Pictured is the Barton County Office Building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend. Repairs have been made to the building after a pipe burst last year, causing flood damage.

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 The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a supplement to the county’s federal-aid fund exchange master agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. The agreement allows the exchange of the county’s annual allotment of federal road and bridge funds for state funds. 

Under this program, in short, federal funds are funneled through KDOT which will keep 25 percent of the money and releases the rest to the county, said County Engineer Barry McManaman. By doing this, there are fewer strings attached to the funding allowing the county more flexibility in how they are spent.

“It is easier to ...

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