Houston County could lose vital funding

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Dothan is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the South.

Dothan has held the status of a metropolitan for years but in the past few weeks the status has been under review.

With the standing status in jeopardy, many Houston County Commissioner’s are concerned that if the county loses its status it could result in losing vital funding.

“That funding that we get, both entities, it goes out to those areas of need,” Houston County Commissioner Doug Sinquefield said. “It could be in education, it could be in growth jobs, other different things for industry such as that. So it’s very important that we continue to maintain that funding from the state and Federal Government to keep us where we are today as far as our metropolitan growth.”

Right now Houston County is working on four different road projects that will cost about $2 million.

The Federal Government is paying for 80% of that while the county is paying remaing 20%, even with the possibility of losing funds, Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe says those current projects will not be affected.

“Two million, that’s a lot of money and I think that’s one of the reasons that it is very important that the county, or the city of Dothan, sort of maintain our metropolitan status with the Federal Government and they tell us that it doesn’t mean the funding for these types of projects would be disrupted, but sort of see that as a possibly as the first thing that’s going to fall that would eventually lead to a reduction of funding,” Shoupe said.

As of right now there is no deadline of a discussion on the metropolitan status but many elected officials are staying in touch with the Federal Government to receive updates.

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