The time to speak out is now!
Next month at the Portsmouth High School at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3rd and again at the Tiverton High School at 7 p.m. on Dec 4th, the state Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be holding a hearing on the proposed toll for the Sakonnet River Bridge .
RIDOT will listen to and accept written testimony from residents of Newport County, Bristol County and Massachusetts. These letters and testimony will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA for consideration in their deliberations. The FHA. has the final say on tolls for the bridge.
The FHA is looking for testimony with concerns for the social, economic, and environmental impact in rearguards to the placement of this toll.
We need thousands of letters from citizens, businesses, and elected officials telling them how this toll will adversely effect lives. We have a chance to block this at the federal level if thousands respond.
Prepare a letter describing how the toll will effect your business, social activities, volunteerism, or any other part of your life. I heard from a woman who travels from Portsmouth to Tiverton for kidney dialysis several times a week. There are stories of veterans who travel to the Hospital for care. We need letters, and lots of them. The fact is the legislature could care less about us on this side of the state.
We are a tax base for the cities up north who get our tax dollars to pay for their schools, police and fire departments. They want more from us every year. The only real chance we have to beat this is at the federal level.
If we don't respond with thousands of letters and a strong showing at both hearings we will be paying that toll for the rest of time. Get informed and involved now. Groups like STOP and DONTTOLL.com are working to stop this toll from being placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Take the time and put pen to paper today. We have to be strong to beat back the oppressive tax the legislature is trying to impose on the people in the East Bay.
FIGHT! Get those letters to the hearing, mail them to me or call me at 401-662-5748 and I will pick it up from your home.
Help out and help your self.
49 Hancock st Tiverton RI. 02878