“The residents of Swain County are still waiting on funds that were allocated by Congress more than two years ago. I hope my colleagues in the House will join me in fulfilling this promise to the people of Swain County by bringing this bill to the floor for a vote,” Meadows said.
The money is part of a settlement between Swain County and the federal government over a road whose construction was promised as payment to the county for a road that was flooded after construction of Fontana Lake.
The road was never built, and after years of back-and-forth, the county and the federal government finally reached an agreement in 2010 that the federal government would pay Swain $52 million. The money was to be paid in yearly installments, with the full amount dispensed by 2020.
The county has received an initial payment, but NPS is still holding the $4 million allocated in 2012. Meadows’ bill, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2013, would require the park to release the money.