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Little Compton Town Council Opposes Tolls

In a unanimous vote last week, the Little Compton Town Council passed a resolution fully opposing tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The Little Compton Town Council united in full opposition against the proposed toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge at the request of residents at its Thursday night meeting.

The council passed the resolution unanimously after resident Carolyn Montgomery spoke of the hardship the toll would cause for residents.

"There is a lot to it and not only that, but anybody who transports goods in and out of Newport County - you and I are going to pay the difference because they are going to add it to the price," said Montgomery.

She mentioned the rising cost of the work commute for residents and cost of school buses passing over the bridge as many as four times per day to transport Little Compton's high school students to Portsmouth.

"If we don't at least try and fail, at least we've tried," she said.

The council discussed establishing an ad hoc committee to research ways to stop the proposed toll from being installed. The toll would likely not be installed until the summer of 2013 after construction is finished and the ownership transfer from the state Department of Transportation to the state Turnpike and Bridge Authority is complete.

"The Town Council hereby opposes the state's decision to place tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge," said Robert L. Mushen, president. "It also supports the cited petition opposing the imposition of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge."

"This is in essence a full opposition," Mushen continued. "In other words we want to say at this point we oppose the toll entirely, we will allow the process to unfold and then come out with a particular position."

Jim L August 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Very wise plan to, oppose the tolls entirely but in all honesty i must tell you that right now the plan is to place the tolls further up on 24 towards the state line, so your kids and school busess will not have to face that added burden of tolls to go to Portsmouth, fuel oil and everything will go up but it's still crazy, will start the island in to an econmic death spirel, to bad tho because certain folks in the tiverton school system were hoping you'd wanna save money at the cost of your kids education and go here RIGHT please stick with me tho, NO TOLLS is the best tolls, signed the dude in the no tolls shirt and the cowboy hat
george medeiros August 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM
This toll situation is a bad idea, but i have the solution---... lets put it ( if we have to) on Rt. 24 right at the Rhode Island line this way locals have a way around it by going on fish and main road.
Jim L August 28, 2012 at 02:33 AM
psst your a little late
Joe Sousa. August 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM
The State is looking for a cash cow. There is very little chance they will move the tolls off the bridge. I will remind people again to write your congressional delegation,and ask them to stop it at the federal level. The transfer requires approval of the Federal Highway Administration.
Just Another Taxpayer August 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Jim L, your fixation with the Tiverton School Department is boarding on being pathological. Please see the help you so desperately need. How tolls and the Tiverton School Department are related makes no sense. P.S. The tolls are a bad idea.
Jim L August 28, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Did anyone catch that little deal about all this toll money would be used for bridges and roads in Newport County only, with the surplus set aside, and 1 counciler asks that since over a dollar of each gallon of gas sold goes to maintain the roads in RI would the state tax then be removed from Gas sold in NEWPORT county or are we to be double taxed?Ok who can guess the answer to that one?
Just Another Taxpayer August 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Fake Jim L, at work again!

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