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New Tolls

Something evil this way comes

RITBA and the RI DOT, are both going to be holding meeting on the effects of the proposed new tolls and the effect it will have on local residents of Portsmouth and Tiverton, these meeting will be taking place in early Dec. Having to talk face to face with thousands of you folks from Middletown and Newport (Cowboy hat, T shirt) I don't understand why these 2  boards are just ignoring any imput that should be equal or possible more important than  the other 4 towns in Newport county. It  is vital that your voices be heard in order to stop Newport county from becoming the ATM for the rest of the state. Once these Tolls are put in place they will have results known and unknown, Jobs WILL be lost and prices WILL rise, more income will be removed from local taxpayers and sent upstate AND it will not be returned, BOTH the DOT and the RITBA say that this money will be used ONLY for the upkeep on 4 bridges, BUT we already pay for the upkeep on 2 with the gas tax, so the first thing that will happen is that ALL the gas tax money that WE in Newport county pay will go for use UPSTATE, nothing will return to us NOTHING. Then what will the Navy, Raytheon, NUSC, do? will they be willing to pay more for local contracts because the state has taken income from their workers?Local costs of living are considered when base closeing are discussed, Stop and donttoll have pointed out many other ways to fix this problem but it seems that the GA, Fox, and WEED want to do thinks the easy way, take the money from US Newport county taxpayers and no one else, Having gotten over 32,000.00 thousand signatures on the petition and now moving on to asking people and business to fill out our own impact study i urge everyone to help me/ us/ you/ friends/ parents kids, STOP THE TOLLS It has been great meeting and talking with all of you but due to medical issues I will be bowing out of this fight, please carry on in anyway you can, thanks to all of you , JIM L

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Jack November 23, 2012 at 02:22 PM
All that money WE all paid was well spent on the old bridge, is that what you want ? The Newport Bridge also supports the Jamestown and Mt Hope Bridges and because we want it to last this time the Sakonet so open your piggy bank and pay for what you use.....fight what is a winable fight for a lower toll for all of us.
Chris St Peter December 02, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Jim, you make some good arguments, it's too bad you're illiterate.

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