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Should the Amish pay for road repairs in Branch County?


BRANCH COUNTY, MI (WTVB) - It seems that roads in some parts of Northeast Branch County are taking a beating from Amish buggies. That was the word yesterday from Branch County Commissioners Rod Olney, who brought up the issue during the County Commission’s Committees meeting.

According to Olney the steel wheels on the buggies along with the metal shoes on the horses create ruts and damage the road surfaces. Olney asked a representative of the Michigan Association of Counties who was at the session if there might be any way the Amish could pay a road use tax or special license fee to help fund road fix ups and improvements in the county. If that happens, it would not set a precedent since some communities in Northeast Indiana already assess such levies on the Amish.