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Debby Swoboda, San Clemente
It seems like some think The Toll Roads issue only affects where the pavement starts and ends; however, this is untrue. For every new home in the areas around tolls roads and “future” toll roads, the builder has to pay a fee, about $6,000 per home, so everyone who buys a home, whether they agree or not, is giving money to the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA).
Hey, homebuilders, start fighting back; homebuyers, start fighting back. This impacts everyone’s bottom line.
Just think: what if we had $1,000 per home put in a fund for homelessness? How quickly could we do something about it? Instead, the TCA says to pay the fee, or you can’t build. Extort much?
So when you think, “Oh, the toll road won’t affect me,” think about it just a smidge more. The TCA has a $10 million payroll (2017 numbers) to pay the salaries of 166 employees. Where is the money coming from for those salaries? Your taxes and tolls from the road. Isn’t that something we should know? And wouldn’t that money be better spent paying off The Toll Roads to make them free for everyone, which is what the TCA is supposed to do?
You know that gas tax everyone is paying? Well, if The Toll Roads didn’t use millions of taxpayer dollars to keep the toll roads up (because they are still losing money), they could be using them on our decaying roads and infrastructure everyone uses.
We need to stand up to greed, which this is, plain and simple. The TCA shouldn’t exist. Let’s stop them for the good of California.
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