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Port of Tacoma commission opposing tolling initiative

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
October 31, 2011 3:14 pm

Port of Tacoma commissioners, concerned about future funding for road projects serving the port, have voted to express opposition to Initiative 1125.

I-1125 would shift responsibility for setting tolls from an appointed commission to the Legislature, ban variable tolls and require that tolls charged on a road or bridge only be used to build that road or bridge.

Commission members, voting unanimously at their meeting last week, feared that changing the authority to set tolls to the Legislature would raise the cost of interest on bonds paid with toll revenues and cut the available money to build and maintain new road projects in the state.

The commission has lobbied for years to persuade the state to complete Washington 167 from it present end in Puyallup to the port.

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