posted on June 15, 2006 14:56
Gas prices are rising again and gas tax revenues to the state are soaring but it appears some local officials – including Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker – are supporting toll roads in Wake County. The tolls would cost drivers $600 million to complete parts of the Triangle Parkway and I-540.
So now in Wake County we have school bonds, property tax increases and toll roads under consideration.
At the same time local government is spending an additional $9 million to operate a landfill because it did not take the low bid, $40 million for an underground parking garage, $20 million for a downtown hotel and taxpayers are still pouring money into the Triangle Transit Authority even after the authority itself admits is can not qualify for federal funding to put ‘Lite-Rail’ in the triangle.
No politician is ever likely to suggest raising taxes or charging a toll to pay for a downtown hotel. Instead they spend the ready cash on the hotel then propose to raise the taxes for school bonds and charge tolls to pay for roads.
Who do they think they are fooling?
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