Mark Collier, regional planner for the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization, explains how projects are nominated during a public hearing on Monday, July 8, to discuss projects nominated for Statewide Transportation Metropolitan Mobility Category 7 Funding at Killeen City Hall. The Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization hosted the hearing.

Low civic participation marked the start of the transportation funding debate that involves five local cities and more than $6 million of federal monies for local roads.

Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization held the first of its 14-day public hearing period Monday at Killeen City Hall with just three residents in attendance.

Cities, including Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove, Belton and Harker Heights have proposed more than $10 million in requests for funding.

In September, KTMPO's 14-member board — composed of public officials from all five cities and three counties — will have to decide which of the projects will receive the federal funds.

"We are looking for the projects that will create the most benefit for the amount of funds that we have received," said Scott Cosper, KTMPO board chairman.

Read the full story in Tuesday's Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact ​Brandon Janes at bjanes@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7552

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