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A way tolls end up being a benefit to us

The realization that the state has marked funds raised for work in another county for work here is an interesting one.
Funds for State Highway 121, a tollway between Denton and Collin counties, will be used to prop up work here on the U.S. 287 Bypass. Our section of U.S. 287 was determined to be a significant bottleneck, a slowdown that the state wanted to address in the smooth sailing from I-45 to points west for travelers of the highway.

Using money that was in another area of the state seems to put the toll road issue in a different light. We are firmly against the concept of tolls, if for no other reason than because they seem to offend the taxpayers who end up paying for the construction of the roads in the first place.

There is the inevitable feeling of “I paid for this once, now I have to pay to drive on it?” and that is a political hot potato.

The other way to raise road funds that seems more logical is the gasoline tax, although gas prices have fluctuated drastically this decade in ways that have made politicians nervous about raising them any more.

They make sense, though. You’re literally taxed for how much you use roads through the expense of the gasoline you use to drive them.

Taken from that angle, a toll road would be less of an offensive concept, but we doubt people will change their minds about them.

Evidence of just how strong the opposition is to toll roads can be easily seen in the incredible opposition to the Trans Texas Corridor — one of Gov. Rick Perry’s less-than-stellar moments.

There are rumors that the money from SH 121 was freed up to pave the way for applications for federal stimulus in that area. Whatever the reason, we’re glad to see the state move to fund our project. It’s one that will almost certainly benefit our area in great ways.

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