Your tax dollars at work…


In my most recent column in the Rockland Courier Gazette, I discuss news from Augusta that Maine DOT spent $625,000 of your tax dollars on a restroom:
Flushing taxpayer dollars down the hole. Really.
Courier Gazette, April 3, 2007

So what is a reasonable price to pay for an outhouse?
I ask this because Washington County state senator Kevin Raye recently submitted a bill requesting that the state erect restroom facilities somewhere along the largely uninhabited 90 mile stretch of Route 9 between Brewer and Calais. In response, the state Department of Transportation claimed that the cost of such a facility would be $625,000, plus $100,000 a year in annual maintenance and upkeep.
For an outhouse.

Read the rest of the column here.