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TOLLS: Why higher percentage hike for pass users?

Letter by Allen Slotto, Belfair on July 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm with 3 Comments »
July 2, 2012 1:56 pm

Regarding the newest bridge toll hike (TNT, 6-30), I looked at the numbers that the Washington State Department of Transportation has posted and this is what I came up with.

Vehicles that drive across the bridge without stopping or having a pass were paying $5.50; their new rate is $6, an increase of 9.09 percent. Vehicles that stop at the toll booth were paying $4; their new rate is $5, an increase of 25 percent.

Vehicles that have a pass – which requires no toll taker nor expense to mail out a bill, so there is no extra expense to collect the fee – were paying $2.75; our new rate is $4, an increase of 45 percent.

Maybe I’m just blind to the numbers, but why is the largest increase placed on the people who have the lowest cost of collection? Shouldn’t the rate increase be the same percentage for every category?

I know the toll takers don’t work for free; I know I wouldn’t. And how much does it cost to stuff envelopes and mail bills to people without passes who don’t stop to pay?

The people at the WSDOT pass offices are going to be there to sell passes and collect payments, whether for mailed bills or money to be put on people’s pass accounts, so that cost shouldn’t be part of any argument put forward.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Theefrinker says:

    I don’t think it’s supposed to make sense.

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    Ask Seaquist and Kilmer in the 26th. They get the credit for this mess. They bought into a bond that can’t be refinanced when rates got lower. Who makes a deal like this?

    Thought these guys were financial genesiss.

  3. Harry_Anslinger says:

    I’m no ‘genesiss’ like truthbuster but it seems more people use ‘good to go’ than they expected and so revenue has been lower than projected. Apparently $3 is only $.25 and so why not just greedily round up to $4? I think it could be that simple.

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