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TOLLS: Large fund balance too tempting for DOT

Letter by John Earl, Gig Harbor on June 6, 2011 at 10:59 am with 3 Comments »
June 6, 2011 3:24 pm

Re: “Tollpayers at bridges may face increases” (TNT, 6-5).

Kudos to Jim Pasin and the other members of the Citizen Advisory Committee who sharpened their pencils and worked so hard to keep Narrows Bridge tolls low. I fervently hope they stick to their practice of recommending that Narrows Bridge tolls, and the corresponding fund balance, be kept as low as possible.

State Treasurer Jim McIntire’s ambition to increase the fund balance is misguided and ultimately not beneficial to the tollpayers. Any large, untapped fund balance only encourages extravagant spending by those with access to it and will eventually prove to be too tempting to be left alone.

The Citizen Advisory Committee should adhere to its doctrine of keeping the reserve balance as low as possible and thereby minimize any temptation by the state Department of Transportation to spend that money on projects other than debt retirement. The DOT has already demonstrated itself to be a profligate spender; let’s not feed that habit with excess, and idle, toll dollars.

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  1. menopaws says:

    Thanks to the toll board, representing the citizens………I do NOT trust one damn word out of WSDOT…..they insulted this community with those transponders that cannot be read–did NOT BOTHER TO TELL THE ADVISORY BOARD AND SOLD THE DAMN THINGS TO PEOPLE FOR THEIR CARS…….. I believe that Paula Hammond should be fired…and yes, I agree with Rep. Seaquist. the people of this community deserve an independent audit of the fund. I do not trust the bookkeeping of this crowd. Their lies and incompetence tell us that we need every dime of tolls accounted for and we need to hear about that from an independent accounting firm. Walking and chewing gum is a stretch for this crowd–counting way above their pay grade!!!!

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    We were promised that our tolls would pay for our bridge — nothing more, nothing less. All these twists and turns in procedure are nothing more than a smokescreen to hide that the DOT intends to use our tolls to pay for other projects.

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    Seaquist was a prime mover of the legislation that caused this mees. This started out as an election year stunt that went wrong. That is why Jan Angel voted NO and took heat for it.

    chickens have come home and this is seaquist damage control.

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