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Originally Posted by Boudicca
I did some great riding in the Hill Country earlier this year. How do such empty roads get to be paved quite so well?
The back roads and trails of the Hill Country areas of Texas tend to be paved for a several reasons.
1. Erosion takes a severe toll on gravel roads in the area because, well, its the Hill Country. The infrequent but heavy drainage can really tear up roads. Over the years it has proved cheaper to pave the roads than to try and maintain gravel or dirt.
2. Texas laws have provided for local "Bridge and Road" taxing districts which have afforded property tax funds to counties for improvement. County taxes have always been available for use (I think).
3. County commissioners are elected by precincts within the counties, not at large. The main thing most county commissioners in the rural counties are charged with is road maintenance and, the more you keep the roads up, the more likely you are to get re-elected. Go figure.
Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman