More and more road sign thefts are occurring in Elbert County, and it is beginning to have a financial impact.
The problem has become even more widespread in the last two months says Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas.
“Believe it or not we are having a rash of people stealing our road signs”, said Thomas. “We spend between fifteen to sixteen thousand dollars a year just replacing road signs.”
Just last week alone, the county replaced roughly fifteen signs in the county, which they believe were stolen.
Thomas said that if the problem continues at this rate that the county’s millage rate could see a possible increase to help ease the financial burden
“If we continue to have to replace all of that, then that could mean some extra millage for maintenance and operation in that respect”, said Thomas.
Thomas is asking for the publics help in regards to reporting any act of a sign theft that they witness, or report any information concerning a theft.
If you have information to report, you can contact the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 283-2421