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BRIDGE: Higher tolls have economic effect

Letter by Donald Ransier, Port Orchard on March 20, 2013 at 11:34 am with No Comments »
March 22, 2013 4:32 pm

Re: “Narrows toll hike recommended as fight looms” (TNT, 3-20).

Here is what happens when you raise Narrows Bridge tolls: People do not cross the bridge to shop or visit either Tacoma or the Kitsap Peninsula. As the tolls have increased, it has become cheaper for many of us to shop online.

Before the second bridge was built, twice a month we would go to Harbor Freight, the Tacoma Mall and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Afterwards, we dropped to once every other month. When the tolls were raised last year, we ceased going to Tacoma entirely.

We used to spend around $700 a month on our trips; that money is now spent here in Kitsap County or online.

The one thing our elected representatives do not seem to get is this: When you raise the cost to a certain level, you then end up making less, not more. Private business owners know this; now if only Olympia would get it!

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