Some Bay County infrastructure projects will be delayed due to the effects of inflation

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BAY COUNTY Fla. (WMBB) – Bay County commissioners are worried about inflation, so much so that they are evaluating all of their big projects to see if they can delay any of them.

County Executive Bob Majka said inflation is driving up the cost of building materials for all infrastructure projects.

Local entrepreneurs like George Roberts, that’s the worst he’s seen.

“On some PVC products, they would only quote us for about 36 hours,” Roberts said. “Normally we get a 30, 60 or 90 day quote and the price would go up so fast they only kept it for 36 hours.”

Roberts is the vice president of Roberts and Roberts Inc. He said almost every aspect of the construction industry has become more difficult.

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“We’re months behind on projects just to be able to get the materials,” Roberts said. “Our six-inch sewer pipe that’s standard on just about every project went from three dollars a foot too close to $10 a foot.”

Roberts said he gets much of his materials from Jackson County, but so do other construction companies in the area. Steel, concrete and metal prices are on the rise.

Roberts said gasoline is on the rise and that has driven up asphalt prices.

“It’s all a trickle down effect and it’s actually gotten pretty serious in our industry,” Roberts said.

Roberts isn’t the only entrepreneur feeling the brunt. Tuesday Bay County Executive Bob Majka announced that due to the effects of inflation, the county will have to delay the start of some infrastructure projects.

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“We’re going to have to go back and review our budget and make sure we’re able to fund the priority projects and the projects that are maybe a bit further down the list that we’re looking to accelerate and get done sooner” , Majka mentioned.

Majka said FEMA is funding millions of dollars worth of projects in the county. He wants to make sure they get the most for their money

The county will review all infrastructure projects over the next few weeks. Majka plans to announce the first set of changes to the project schedule at the county commission’s next meeting on November 16.

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